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Are you a leader for road safety? The Region marks United Nations Global Road Safety Week

Are you a leader for road safety? The Region marks United Nations Global Road Safety Week

Leadership” was the theme for the 5th United Nations Global Road Safety Week on 6–12 May 2019. Through the WHO country offices, activities and events on road safety were organized across 14 countries in the WHO European Region in conjunction with government agencies (police, health, transport, etc.), nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions, media outlets, road safety activists and civil societies. “Anyone can be a road safety leader. Anyone who acts and advocates for road safety, anyone who promotes their safety and that of others is a road safety leader,” says Jonathon Passmore, Programme Manager of Violence and Injury Prevention at WHO/Europe.

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Celebrate World Bicycle Day - safe infrastructure for walking and cycling

Celebrate World Bicycle Day - safe infrastructure for walking and cycling

The mobility needs of people who walk and cycle – often the majority of citizens in a city – continue to be overlooked, states Share the Road Programme Annual Report 2018 . Even though the benefits of investing in pedestrians and cyclists can save lives, help protect the environment and support poverty reduction. Meeting the needs of people who walk and cycle continues to be a critical part of the mobility solution for helping cities de-couple population growth from increased emissions, and to improve air quality and road safety.

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Pose, click and let everybody know that you are a road safety leader!

Pose, click and let everybody know that you are a road safety leader!

In order to help people #SpeakUp for the 2019 Fifth UN Global Road Safety Week, print these interactive banners on a 100cm*220cm support and invite people to pose in front of them as different road users.

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Over 270 road safety NGOs rally for the UNGRSW in Chania, Greece

Over 270 road safety NGOs rally for the UNGRSW in Chania, Greece

NGOs and global road safety stakeholders gathering this in Chania, Greece, called for governments around the world to commit to saving lives by reducing road deaths and injuries in their countries by 50% by 2030 and accepting the help of NGOs to achieve this challenging target.

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iRAP calls on its partners and the community world-wide to support the UNGRSW

iRAP calls on its partners and the community world-wide to support the UNGRSW

iRAP calls on its partners and the community world-wide to support the 5th United Nations Global Road Safety Week (UNGRSW) – to #SpeakUp and #DemandLeadership for #3StarorBetter road infrastructure for all road users that saves lives.

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Use the UNGRSW PowerPoint to tell others about the week

Use the UNGRSW PowerPoint to tell others about the week

We have put together a simple presentation for you to use to share information about the week with other people. It can be used in a range of settings to inform people about the week and illustrate how to get involved.

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Get Involved! #SpeakUp for #RoadSafety with a speech bubble signboard

Get Involved! #SpeakUp for #RoadSafety with a speech bubble signboard

Have you assessed the risks your face on your journey? Already know what you demand for road safety? Then #SpeakUp with our new speech bubble signboards. The speech bubble shows what you are speaking up for in a fun and creative way. Take part and share your pictures online with the hashtags: #SpeakUp for #RoadSafety.

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Download the 'Get Involved' toolkit and #SpeakUp for #RoadSafety

Download the 'Get Involved' toolkit and #SpeakUp for #RoadSafety

The theme for the 5th UN Global Road Safety Week is 'Leadership' with the tagline #SpeakUp for #RoadSafety. The Week, to be held 6-12 May 2019, aims to provide an opportunity for civil society to generate demands for strong leadership for road safety, especially around concrete, evidence-based interventions; and inspire decision-makers to act by showcasing examples of strong leadership for road safety within various types of institutions.

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The #SpeakUp for #RoadSafety theme is now live - join the campaign

The #SpeakUp for #RoadSafety theme is now live - join the campaign

Join us in celebrating the 5th UN Global Road Safety Week on "Leadership for Road Safety"! The Week, to be held 6-12 May 2019 aims to provide an opportunity for civil society to generate demands for strong leadership for road safety, especially around concrete, evidence-based interventions; and inspire decision-makers to act by showcasing examples of strong leadership for road safety within various types of institutions.

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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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