First United Nations Global Road Safety Week

Upon request from the United Nations General Assembly, the First United Nations Global Road Safety Week will be organized during the week of 23-29 April 2007. During this week, a large number of international, national and local events will be hosted all over the world. Many partners will participate in the organization and implementation including United Nations and government agencies, as well as civil society and the private sector. Coordination will be provided by the United Nations Regional Commissions and the World Health Organization (WHO). The week, which will be modelled after previous road safety weeks organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and World Health Day 2004, will serve as a platform to raise awareness about road safety issues and call for action.

The theme of the week will be "young road users, including young drivers" because young road users constitute a major group at risk of death, injury and disability on the road. They are also a large proportion of the drivers involved in crashes. However, the actions resulting from the week will benefit road users of all ages.

The two major objectives of this First United Nations Global Road Safety Week 2007 will be to:

  • Raise awareness about the societal impact and costs of road traffic injuries, highlighting in particular the risks for young road users, including young drivers.
  • Promote action around key factors which have a major impact on preventing road traffic injuries: helmets, seat-belts, drink driving, speeding and infrastructure.

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