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United Nations General Assembly resolutions on improving global road safety

United Nations General Assembly adopts second historic resolution on road safety

28 OCTOBER 2005 -- The United Nations General Assembly adopted a second historic resolution on road safety on 26 October 2005 which invites Member States to implement the recommendations of the World report on road traffic injury prevention to participate in the First United Nations Global Road Safety Week; and to recognize the third Sunday in November of every year as the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

The resolution and related discussions at the UN General Assembly earlier this week commended both the United Nations Secretary General for his report on road safety as well as the World Health Organization for its collaboration and role as co-ordinator on road safety issues within the United Nations. Several speakers expressed strong satisfaction with the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration - an alliance of over 50 organizations - and the products it has delivered so far.

Further, the resolution underlines the importance for Member States to continue using the WHO/World Bank's World report on road traffic injury prevention as a framework for road safety efforts. It calls for particular attention to the five identified risk factors: safety belts and child restraints, drinking and driving, helmets, inappropriate and excessive speed and infrastructure.

The resolution also hails and endorses the proposal of the Economic Commission for Europe in collaboration to host the first United Nations Global Road Safety Week with WHO in Geneva in April 2007 targeted at young road users, including young drivers.

"We are very encouraged by this historic resolution," said Etienne Krug, Director of the Department of Injury and Violence Prevention at WHO, "the content shows an evolution in thinking and a growing awareness of the need for continued efforts to improve road safety globally.",

The UN Resolution encourages Member States and the international community, including international and regional financial institutions, to lend financial, technical and political support to the United Nations and its agencies, including the World Health Organization, for their efforts to improve road safety.

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