Launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020

The international community is currently planning the global launch of the Decade for 11 May 2011.

The objectives are to:

  • draw attention to the Decade and more generally to the impact of the global road safety crisis and the prospects for prevention;
  • provide an opportunity for governments, international agencies, civil society organizations, the private sector and other stakeholders to announce their respective plans for the Decade.

At the global level, a 24-hour "rolling" event will begin in the East and travel to the West across a one-day period. In each of the world's 24 time zones, one or several countries will take the lead in organizing a high-profile, media-oriented event. It is hoped that heads of state and ministers from various sectors of society will show their commitment to scaling up road safety efforts. Select national events will be broadcast by Internet time zone by time zone, with a certain number of the events being broadcast live. Ideally, every country of the world, many international agencies, civil society organizations, the private sector and others will mark the occasion of the global launch to officially announce their national or local plans for the Decade to the public.