Violence and Injury Prevention

Third UN Global Road Safety Week 2015
4-10 May 2015

Around 186 300 children under 18 years die from road traffic crashes annually, and rates of road traffic death among children are three times higher in developing than in developed countries. Ten strategies for keeping children safe on the road draws attention to the risks for children on the world's roads and highlights measures to save lives. The new report is launched in the context of the Third UN Global Road Safety Week, a milestone in the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, which seeks to highlight the plight of children on the world's roads and generate action to better ensure their safety. Countries worldwide are marking the Week and its global campaign: #SaveKidsLives, through hundreds of events.

Injuries and violence: the facts 2014

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A new document by WHO highlights that more than 5 million people die each year as a result of injuries, resulting from acts of violence against oneself or others, road traffic crashes, burns, drowning, falls, and poisonings, among other causes. Injuries account for 9% of the world’s deaths, nearly 1.7 times the number of fatalities that result from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. In addition tens of millions of people suffer non-fatal injuries which require treatment. There is a broad range of strategies based on sound scientific evidence that have been shown to be effective and cost-effective at reducing injuries.

Global status report on violence prevention 2014

Jointly published by WHO, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Global status report on violence prevention 2014 reflects data from 133 countries and is the first report of its kind to assess national efforts to address interpersonal violence, namely child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner and sexual violence, and elder abuse. The Global status report on violence prevention 2014 calls for a scaling up of violence prevention programmes in all countries.

WHO launches the first Global report on drowning

The WHO Global report on drowning: preventing a leading killer highlights that 372,000 people drown worldwide each year. Drowning is among the ten leading causes of death for children and young people in every region of the world. The report sets out the evidence showing a range of effective drowning prevention strategies, and makes a number of recommendations for concrete measures to be taken by national and local governments. With the release of this report, WHO aims to galvanize attention and action to this issue by highlighting how collaboration across sectors can save lives.

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>1 500 000people lose their lives each year to violence

Violence prevention

Road traffic injuries

50%of all people dying on the roads are cyclists, pedestrians, or motorcyclists

Global status report on road safety 2013

Child injuries

2 300children die every day from injuries

World report on child injury prevention


  • 2 April 2015

    Web-based consultation on “Brasilia Declaration on Road Safety” open through 2 May 2015

    The 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety, to be held in Brasilia on 18-19 November 2015, will gather around 1500 delegates, among them Ministers of Transport, Health and Interior from many countries. The Government of Brazil invites Member States, UN organizations, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and private sector entities to share comments on the zero draft of the “Brasilia Declaration on Road Safety”.

  • 30 March 2015

    WHO and partners release Toolkit on mapping legal, health and social services responses to child maltreatment

    Published by WHO, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, and the University of New Hampshire, this toolkit provides academics and decision-makers with strategies for conducting national or regional studies of the incidence of and agency response to child maltreatment, in order to improve practices, enhance systems and strengthen professional capacity.

  • 27 March 2015

    UN Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) convenes for 21st Meeting

    More than 120 delegates attended the 21st Meeting of the UNRSC which was held at WHO headquarters in Geneva on 26-27 March. Discussions focused on the major upcoming events for 2015 including the Third UN Global Road Safety Week (4-10 May), the 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety (18-19 November), and the process for defining the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

  • 26 March 2015

    WHO and the Government of Brazil host Meeting of the Friends of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020

    On 25-26 March WHO and the Government of Brazil hosted a meeting of the Friends of the Decade of Action to provide input on preparations for the 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety. The meeting convened representatives of 11 Member States and 9 international agencies. Participants offered guidance on the Brasilia Declaration on Road Safety, and the Conference programme, speakers, pre-events and side events, and communications.

  • 20 March 2015

    Web-based consultation to develop WHO plan to address violence open through 4 June 2015

    The web-based consultation on the draft zero of a WHO global plan of action to strengthen the role of the health system in addressing interpersonal violence, in particular against women and girls and against children is open through 4 June. Member states, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations and academics are invited to submit their comments and suggestions.

  • 15 March 2015

    Organizers of Safety 2016 announce key dates in lead up to conference

    The 12th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion - Safety 2016 - will be held from 18-21 September 2016 in Tampere, Finland, hosted by the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare and co-sponsored by WHO.

12th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion

Tampere, Finland
18-21 September 2016

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