Describing global road death and injury as a "major public health problem with a broad range of social and economic consequences which, if unaddressed, may affect the sustainable development of countries and hinder progress towards the Millennium Development Goals" the UN General Assembly proclaimed the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 in a landmark Resolution co-sponsored by 100 countries.

Officially launched on 11 May 2011, the Decade of Action has the official goal of 'stabilising and then reducing' global road traffic fatalities by 2020.

Ten reasons to act on road deaths

  1. Nearly 1.3 million people are killed on the world's roads each year.
  2. Up to 50 million people are injured, and many remain disabled for life.
  3. 90% of casualties from road deaths occur in developing countries.
  4. Annual road traffic deaths are forecast to rise to 1.9 million people by 2020.
  5. Road traffic injuries are the number one cause of death for young people worldwide.
  6. By 2015 road traffic injuries will be the leading health burden for children over the age of five years in developing countries.
  7. The economic cost to developing countries is at least $100 billion a year.
  8. Road traffic injuries place an immense burden on hospitals and health systems generally.
  9. Road crashes are preventable.
  10. A global Action Plan includes practical measures which, if implemented, could save millions of lives.

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General

"Through the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety, I sincerely hope that we can save human lives. It is totally unacceptable more than one million people die on the roads and more than fifty million are injured."

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General

The Global Plan for the Decade of Action is organised around the 5 pillars of the ‘Safe System’ approach. This advisory plan, endorsed by governments, UN agencies, multilateral institutions and NGOs coming together in the UN Road Safety Collaboration, is providing inspiration and guidance for many countries and organisations working to reduce road traffic casualties. The targets and indicators in the Plan covering areas including vehicle regulation, cycling strategies, post-crash care and road user behaviour, give focus to our collective efforts in the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety. Watch this film about the Global Plan to learn more.

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The Decade of Action is symbolised by the road safety 'Tag', a new global symbol to raise awareness and solidarity for action on road traffic injuries.

The Road Safety Fund has been established to encourage donor, private sector and public support for the implementation of the Global Plan of the UN Decade of Action. The Road Safety Fund also manages use by the private sector of the road Safety Tag.

To learn more about the road safety Tag click here >

See here for the official website of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 >