Remembering the lost, resolving to act

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The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims takes place on Sunday 15th November 2015.

Recognised by the United Nations and commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year, the World Day of Remembrance is held to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families, friends and many others who are also affected, including the members of the emergency services who deal with the immediate aftermath of thousands of road crashes every day.

Road deaths and injuries are sudden, violent, traumatic events. Their impact is long-lasting, often permanent. Each year, millions of newly injured and bereaved people from every corner of the world are added to the countless millions who already suffer. The cumulative toll is truly tremendous.

The grief and distress experienced by this huge number of people is all the greater because many of the victims are young, because many of the crashes could and should have been prevented and because governments’ and society’s response to road death and injury and to bereaved and injured victims is often inadequate, unsympathetic, and inappropriate to a loss of life or quality of life.

This special Remembrance Day is therefore intended to respond to the great need of road crash victims for public recognition of their loss and suffering. It has also become an important tool for governments and those who work to prevent crashes or respond to the aftermath, as it offers the opportunity to demonstrate the enormous scale and impact of road death and injury and the urgent need for action. This year the Remembrance Day falls on the eve of the 2nd Global High Level Conference on Road Safety which will bring together ministers and policymakers from across the world to inject momentum into efforts to meet the new road safety targets in the Sustainable Development Goals: from remembrance to action.

For more information about the World Day of Remembrance, and to find about events taking place near you, see http://worlddayofremembrance.org/