Violence and Injury Prevention

Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020: saving millions of lives

For many years road traffic crashes have been acknowledged by the United Nations and its Member States to be a considerable challenge to the achievement of health and development goals. It has only been during the past decade, however, that the issue has gained the prominence it deserves among the world's most pressing international health and development concerns.

Following the highly successful First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety hosted by the Government of the Russian Federation in November 2009, a Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020 was officially proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in March 2010. The Decade seeks to save millions of lives by improving the safety of roads and vehicles; enhancing the behaviour of road users; and improving emergency services.

This brochure Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020: saving millions of lives offers key data and information about road traffic injuries, the Decade and WHO's role.

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