Violence and Injury Prevention

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims marked worldwide

The World Day of Remembrance is observed on the third Sunday of November each year by an increasing number of governments and civil society organizations on every continent.

Endorsed by the UN General Assembly in 2005, and by the European Parliament and the African Union in 2011, this Day is dedicated to remembering the many millions killed or injured in road traffic crashes each year and their families and communities.

In 2013, events were registered in more than 50 countries, among others: launches of awareness campaigns in Brazil, Cameroon, Croatia and Kenya; seminars for the bereaved in Belgium; memorial services including candle-light vigils in Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, India, Japan, Lebanon, Lithuania and Uganda; unveiling of memorials to road traffic victims in Slovenia and Togo; remembrance walks or cycling tours in Canada, Nigeria, Turkey and the United Kingdom; and memorial concerts in Greece, Lithuania and the Philippines.

If your government or organization hosted an event, but has not yet registered it, visit

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