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.
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.
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.