"On this World Day of Remembrance, we call on all to “Remember. Support. Act.” Remember the 3700 fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, friends and colleagues lost on the world’s roads today and every day. Support those who are bereaved and those who suffer long-lasting consequences from the physical and psychological trauma they have endured. Act to prevent such tragedies today and in the future." Dr Etienne Krug
UN Member States adopted UN General Assembly Resolution 60/5 on 26th October 2005, calling for an annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) as an “appropriate acknowledgement for victims of road traffic crashes and their families”. The WDR is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year.
It is a high-profile global event to remember the many millions who have been killed and seriously injured on the world’s roads and to acknowledge the suffering of all affected victims, families and communities – millions added each year to countless millions already suffering: a truly tremendous cumulative toll.
This Day has also become an important tool for governments and all those whose work involves crash prevention or response to the aftermath of crashes since it offers the opportunity to demonstrate the enormous scale and impact of road deaths and injuries, call for an end to the often trivial and inappropriate response to road death and injury and advocate for urgent concerted action to stop the carnage.
On World Day we too pay tribute to the dedicated emergency crews, police and medical professionals, who deal daily with the traumatic aftermath of road crashes.
Below are three poems created by Tshaka Campbell and Soul City Arts for WHO on the occasion of the Global Commemoration for the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims in 2020.
Part 1, “Remember”.
Part 2, “Support”.
Part 3, “Act”.