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New report highlights insufficient progress to tackle lack of safety on the world’s roads

New report highlights insufficient progress to tackle lack of safety on the world’s roads

The  Global status report on road safety 2018 , launched by the World Health Organization in December 2018, highlights that the number of annual road traffic deaths has reached 1.35 million. Road traffic injuries are now the leading killer of people aged 5-29 years. 

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Governments agree to steps to accelerate progress towards road safety worldwide

Governments agree to steps to accelerate progress towards road safety worldwide

The UN General Assembly decided on a number of steps to accelerate progress towards the achievement of the SDGs linked to road safety. 

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Governments reach consensus on a comprehensive set of global road safety targets

Governments reach consensus on a comprehensive set of global road safety targets

In a historic move, Member States concluded work on a comprehensive set of 12 global road safety targets to measure progress. 

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NGOs from around the world display colourful campaigns during UNGRSW

NGOs from around the world display colourful campaigns during UNGRSW

The Global Alliance of NGOs for road safety represents over 200 member organizations from all across the world. NGOs are a vital part of the ecosystem of global road safety action and offer key action on a range of efforts from advocacy, campaigning, policy change amongst others. It's therefore no surpise that during the Fourth UNGRSW, scores of NGOs around the world illustrated their diversity with colourful campaigns calling for all to #SlowDown, we feature these campaigns here with links leading to the Alliance website.

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Activity Feature: The United Kingdom says 20's Plenty for Us

Activity Feature: The United Kingdom says 20's Plenty for Us

With 20’s Plenty for Us having been asked by WHO to assist in writing their Slow Down Day Toolkit for community campaigning during the 4 th UN Global Road Safety Week then it could be expected that many of the local 20’s Plenty campaigns around the UK would have run campaigns during the week.

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Activity Feature: Action and Safe Crossings in Lagos, Nigeria

Activity Feature: Action and Safe Crossings in Lagos, Nigeria

In Lagos, Nigeria, TOG developed a campaign known as #SafeCrossCampaign in partnership with Federal Road Safety Corp Lagos State Command as their #SlowDown event to create awareness on the use and observance of Pedestrian lanes in Nigeria otherwise known as zebra crossing.

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Activity Feature: 20,000+ motorists reached in Mumbia, India over the week

Activity Feature: 20,000+ motorists reached in Mumbia, India over the week

Over 60 student volunteers displayed messages on #SlowDown and interacted with the drivers thereby sensitizing over 20,000+ drivers during the 6 days campaign (total duration: 15 Hours - 8 th to 12 th May).

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Activity Feature: Sao Paulo carries out activities on disability and road safety

Activity Feature: Sao Paulo carries out activities on disability and road safety

The Sao Paulo State Secretariat for the Rights of the Persons with Disability has actively supported the 4th Global Road Safety Week, held by the United Nations and the World Health Organization on May 8th to 14th 2017. It has carried out a number of activities in collaboration with the Lucy Montoro Rehabilitation Network.

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Celebrating more incredible #SlowDown events from around the world!

Celebrating more incredible #SlowDown events from around the world!

From Slovenia to South Africa, Argentina to Iran, some incredible events took place around the world for the 4th UN Global Road Safety Week. Many of the events were coordinated by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in hundreds of countries. Thanks to the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety, we highlight some of those events.

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Celebrating incredible #SlowDown events from around the world!

Celebrating incredible #SlowDown events from around the world!

From Slovenia to South Africa, Argentina to Iran, some incredible events took place around the world for the 4th UN Global Road Safety Week. Many of the events were coordinated by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in hundreds of countries. Thanks to the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety, we highlight some of those events.

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We mark the most success UN Global Road Safety Week yet!

We mark the most success UN Global Road Safety Week yet!

The Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week has been a massive success! In fact, it has been described as the most successful UN Week yet! From 8-14 May 2017, campaigners, organizations, governments, companies and many others encouraged the world to #SlowDown. Over 1000 events were registered in more than 125 countries; taking place at national and community levels. The world pledged to #SlowDown, we thank you for your important efforts!

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Fastest men in the world say #SlowDown - Jamaica

Fastest men in the world say #SlowDown - Jamaica

In the week that the world highlights the need for traffic speed reduction to save lives, the leader of the country which boasts the fastest athletes on the globe has signed on to action to implement the ‘speed vaccine’.

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Photo contest demonstrates actions by NGOs around the globe to combat speed

Photo contest demonstrates actions by NGOs around the globe to combat speed

In preparation for the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week, 2017 (8–14 May), the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety has announced the winners of its photo contest promoting the theme of the week: Save Lives—#SlowDown. There were three categories in the contest: Speed Management, #SlowDown, and NGOs at Work (for photos showcasing road safety projects).  

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Video statements from global dignitaries mark the 4th UN Week

Video statements from global dignitaries mark the 4th UN Week

Dignitaries from around the world including the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr Margaret Chan have released video statements to mark the opening of the 4th United Nations Global Road Safety Week. The week takes place from 8-14 May 2017 under the theme of speed management. The key message orientates around the slogan; Save Lives: #SlowDown.

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Virtual Press Conference - 5th May 2017 to kicked off the UN Week

Virtual Press Conference - 5th May 2017 to kicked off the UN Week

The World Health Organization organized a Virtual Press Conference on Friday 5th May to kick off the 4th United Nations Global Road Safety Week. The conference was open to members of the press and people interested to attend to find out more information about the Week. Attendees connected to the conference remotely and campaigners were encouraged to share details about the press conference with their press contacts.

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Access NETS UNGRSW toolkit for employers and employees

Access NETS UNGRSW toolkit for employers and employees

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) is a collaborative group of employer road safety professionals whose objective is to advance road safety for employees, their family members and members of the communities where they live and work. Members help one another improve road safety and reduce losses through fleet safety benchmarking and sharing proven, best practice approaches.

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#SlowDown Day event in Malaysia celebrated with hundreds of NGOs

#SlowDown Day event in Malaysia celebrated with hundreds of NGOs

As part of the Fifth Global Meeting of the Global Alliance of NGOs for RoaD Safety, a kickoff event took place themed around Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week in May. A speed bump was repainted by school children in the community of Selangor on 4 April as a symbol of the Week’s 2017 theme of speed prevention: #SlowDown.

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New infographic from WHO focuses on speed

New infographic from WHO focuses on speed

Countries successfully reducing road traffic deaths have done so by prioritizing safety when managing speed. Among the proven strategies to address speed include: Building or modifying roads to include features that calm traffic; Establishing speed limits to the function of each road; Enforcing speed limits; Installing in-vehicle technologies; Raising awareness about the dangers of speeding.

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Organize a #SlowDown Day with new toolkit from WHO and 20s Plenty for Us

Organize a #SlowDown Day with new toolkit from WHO and 20s Plenty for Us

Experience a safe and quiet street. You can make use of the campaign's messages, visuals and materials, and together we can create a symbolic "slow down" of streets in cities and towns all around the world. By working with your local authorities, you can reclaim and  #SlowDown  your streets so they are safer for all road users.

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Managing speed - a new publication from the World Health Organization

Managing speed - a new publication from the World Health Organization

In the context of the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week, WHO has released Managing speed . The document highlights that excessive and inappropriate speed is among the key risks for road traffic deaths and injuries, contributing to around one third of road traffic fatalities in high-income countries and up to one half in low- and middle-income countries.

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