Second UN Global Road Safety Week marked in more than 100 countries worldwide
The Second UN Global Road Safety Week on pedestrian safety was celebrated worldwide from 6-12 May through hundreds of events in more than 100 countries. The "Long Short Walk", a global advocacy campaign organized by Make Roads Safe and the Zenani Mandela Campaign and promoted by WHO, was a cornerstone of many of these. Events included among many others:
The "Long Short Walk", a global advocacy campaign organized by Make Roads Safe and the Zenani Mandela Campaign and promoted by WHO, was a cornerstone of many of these.
Events included among many others:
- high-level policy discussions including around the Global status report on road safety 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Brussels, Belgium with the European Commission; Zagreb, Croatia; Chișinău, Moldova; St Petersburg, Russian Federation; Skopje, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Montevideo, Uruguay; and Tashkent, Uzbekistan;
- "Long Short Walks" in Baku, Azerbaijan; Minsk, Belarus; cities across Bosnia and Herzegovina; Shanghai, China; Suva, Fiji; Batumi, Georgia; Vientiane, Laos PDR; Vilnius, Lithuania; Mexico City, Mexico; Parañaque City, Philippines; Windhoek, Namibia; Bucharest, Romania; Pietermaritzburg, South Africa; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Kyiv, Ukraine; Montevideo, Uruguay; and Washington, DC, United States;
- painting or repainting of pedestrians crossings in Curridabat, Costa Rica; Cairo, Egypt; Accra, Ghana; and Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago;
- actions to identify and promote safe routes to school in Prague, Czech Republic; Karachi, Pakistan; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Kampala, Uganda;
- photo exhibits on pedestrian safety linked to public debates, in Bangkok, Thailand; several cities across the United Kingdom; and Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam;
- television and radio talk shows in Douala, Cameroon; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; Quito, Ecuador; and New Delhi, India.
On the occasion of the Week, WHO released a detailed technical manual, Pedestrian safety: a road safety manual for decision-makers and practitioners; an advocacy document, Make walking safe: a brief overview of pedestrian safety around the world; and a series of posters. All materials including the various language versions of the above may be found on the Week's global web site.