Second UN Global Road Safety Week 6-12 May kicks off worldwide
More than 270 000 pedestrians lose their lives on the world’s roads each year accounting for 22% of the total 1.24 million road traffic deaths. WHO is calling on governments to take concrete actions to improve the safety of pedestrians. Under the banner “Make Walking Safe”, the Second United Nations Global Road Safety Week (6-12 May) kicks off worldwide. With events registered in around 100 countries, the Week seeks to draw attention to the needs of pedestrians; generate action on measures to protect them; and contribute to achieving the goal of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 to save 5 million lives.
WHO launches Global status report on road safety 2013
The Global status report on road safety 2013 serves as a baseline for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, declared by the UN General Assembly. The report presents information on road safety from 182 countries, accounting for almost 99% of the world’s population. It indicates that worldwide the total number of road traffic deaths remains unacceptably high at 1.24 million per year, legislation and enforcement are still inadequate, and pedestrians and cyclists need to be better protected. Made possible through funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, this is the second in a series of Global status reports.
New VIP short courses now on offer
VIP short courses are a series of complete training resources addressing a range of injury and violence prevention topics. Each course provides all the materials a facilitator requires to conduct a 2-5 day training. Visit the links below for the latest VIP short courses on child injury prevention and data collection.
25 November 2012 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It is also the start of the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, a global advocacy campaign which symbolically links violence against women with human rights. The 16 Days of Activism culminates on 10 December 2012 when the world marks International Human Rights Day.
>1 500 000people lose their lives each year to violenceViolence prevention
Road traffic injuries
50%of all people dying on the roads are cyclists, pedestrians, or motorcyclistsGlobal status report on road safety 2013
2 300children die every day from injuriesWorld report on child injury prevention
10 May 2013
Dr Margie Peden and Dr Melecki Khayesi from WHO’s Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability will talk about pedestrian safety on Twitter on Friday, 17 May 2013, 15.00-16.00 CET Geneva time (14.00-15.00 UTC/GMT). Join the live chat using the hashtag #walksafechat.
22 April 2013
Each year, more than 270 000 pedestrians lose their lives on the world's roads, while millions are left with injuries or permanent disabilities. Pedestrian safety: a road safety manual for decision-makers and practitioners, jointly developed by WHO, the FIA Foundation, the Global Road Safety Partnership and the World Bank, and many experts from around the world, provides practical information on how to plan, implement and evaluate a pedestrian safety programme.
12 April 2013
WHO’s Prevention of Violence Team has developed a new method to assess the readiness – or capacity – of a country to implement programmes to prevent child maltreatment on a large scale. There are two options when using this new method, called the Readiness Assessment for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (RAP-CM): a rapid assessment, using a short questionnaire administered to key informants or a full and detailed assessment, which requires a small research team to carry out.
4 April 2013
The Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety, with support from the International Police Association in Turkey and a number of other partners, hosted the Third Global Meeting of NGOs for Road Safety and Road Traffic Injury Victims on 3-4 April in Antalya, Turkey.
3 April 2013
Turkey’s Prime Minister launches national plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 and the Road Safety Platform
Around 800 people attended the launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 and the opening ceremony of the Road Safety Platform in Turkey. The newly established Road Safety Platform will be given the task of implementing the national Decade plan to halve road traffic deaths.
27 March 2013
On 27 March in Moscow, Russian Federation, 38 people joined an advisory board meeting for the country’s RS10 Project. Participants represented the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Interior, and RS10 Project Consortium Partners, among others.
27 March 2013
On 27 March in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, WHO, in collaboration with the National Road Safety Committee, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and the Ministry of Information, hosted an “express training” for journalists on the much anticipated amendment to the current road traffic safety law. Thirty-one journalists from print and broadcast media attended.