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Global launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020

Date: 11 May 2011

Governments and their partners around the world will launch the first ever Decade of Action for Road Safety on 11 May 2011. Officially created by the United Nations General Assembly in March 2010, the Decade is an historic opportunity to increase action to save millions of lives over ten years.

The goal of the Decade is to stabilize and then reduce the number of lives lost. A Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety outlines a course of action for ensuring that this vision becomes a reality.

The vision is a world in which mobility is safe for all those who use the world's roads. The alternative is grim: if no action is taken to address the current crisis, road traffic fatalities are forecast to rise from the current level of nearly 1.3 million deaths annually to more than 1.9 million deaths per year by 2020.

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