The UN General Assembly mandated WHO and the UN regional commissions to plan and host periodic UN Global Road Safety Weeks. Held since 2007, the #Love30 campaign of the 6th UN Global Road Safety Week advocates for Streets for Life by making 30 km/h (20 mph) speed limits the norm for cities worldwide in places where people mix with traffic.
The Week will be the occasion to garner policy commitments at national and local levels to deliver 30 km/h speed limits in urban areas; generate local support for such low speed measures in order to create safe, healthy, green and liveable cities; and officially launch the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 and its Global Plan.
The Week will also highlight the links between 30 km/h speed limits and attainment of a number of Sustainable Development Goals, including those on health, education, infrastructure, sustainable cities, climate action and partnerships.
Read more about the previous United Nations Global Road Safety Weeks below on our timeline.
In August 2020, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 74/299 "Improving global road safety", proclaiming the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030, with the ambitious target of preventing at least 50% of road traffic deaths and injuries by 2030. WHO and the UN regional commissions, in cooperation with other partners in the UN Road Safety Collaboration, are currently developing a Plan of Action for the Decade for consideration by Member States and other stakeholders.
The Plan of Action will align with the Stockholm Declaration, which emphasizes the importance of a holistic approach to road safety, and calls on continued improvements in the design of roads and vehicles; enhancement of laws and law enforcement on behavioural risks such as speeding and drinking and driving; and provision of timely, life-saving emergency care for the injured. The Plan of Action will also reflect the Stockholm Declaration’s encouragement of policies to promote walking, cycling and using public transport as inherently healthy and environmentally sound modes of transport.
Low speed streets are the heart of any community, and contribute to making cities safe and healthy, green and liveable. 30 km/h zones in cities can also facilitate the attainment of a number of Sustainable Development Goals.
This includes not only those goals on healthy and sustainable cities, but also those goals on education, work, infrastructure, climate action and partnerships. As disadvantaged and minority communities are most exposed to high-speed traffic, and the road danger, environmental hazards and social exclusion it causes, 30 km/h zones also contribute to reducing inequalities, another of the Sustainable Development Goals. As did the Stockholm Declaration, the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030, which is currently under development, will prominently feature speed management as a key intervention.
The United Nations Global Road Safety Weeks and its' campaigns are coordinated by the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC), chaired by the World Health Organization. All stakeholders – national and local governments, international agencies, civil society organizations, private companies, and the public generally – are invited to plan and host events marking the Weeks.
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Requested by the United Nations General Assembly, the Fifth United Nations Global Road Safety Week was held from 6-12 May 2019. This Week focused on leadership for road safety. It is widely acknowledged that stronger leadership for road safety is needed to achieve the Global Goals. Therefore it launched action through the campaign: Save Lives - #SpeakUp.May 2019
Every day we have good reason to go somewhere important, whether we leave our homes for work, school or play. However, getting safely to where we are going is as important as getting there at all. By slowing down, observing speed limits appropriate for the roads and not speeding, we make the roads safer for all. For children walking to school, for the elderly crossing the road, for workers driving to places of work and all road users.
Speeding is a major risk factor. The more your speed, the higher the risk of a crash as well as the severity of crash consequences. Speeding also affects other road users such as pedestrians.
Under the banner “SlowDown”, the Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week kicked off worldwide. With events registered in nearly 70 countries, the Week sought to draw attention to the needs of pedestrians; generate action on measures to protect them; and contribute to achieving the goal of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 to save 5 million lives.
186, 300 children die each year from road traffic crashes around the world – that’s more than 500 children every day. In fact, road traffic injury ranks among the top four causes of death for all children over the age of five years. The Third United Nations Road Safety Week was dedicated to the plight of children on the world's roads.
The #SaveKidsLives campaign gathered more than 1 million signatures in support of the Child Declaration for Road Safety calling on decision makers around the world to make the roads safe for children.May 2015
The Second UN Global Road Safety Week was dedicated to pedestrian safety. Requested by the UN General Assembly, the Week drew attention to the urgent need to better protect pedestrians worldwide, generate action on the measures needed to do so, and contribute to achieving the goal of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 to save 5 million lives.
More than 270,000 pedestrians lose their lives on the world’s roads each year accounting for 22% of the total 1.24 million road traffic deaths. The World Health Organization called on governments to take concrete actions to improve the safety of pedestrians.May 2013
2007 marked the first United Nations Global Road Safety Week. The theme for the week was youth and road safety. Each year nearly 400,000 people under 25 die on the world’s roads – on average more than 1000 a day. These statistics make road traffic injuries the leading cause of death worldwide among young people aged 15-29 years.May 2007
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