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