Violence and Injury Prevention

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.

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