Violence and Injury Prevention


Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General

This report is a milestone in the international road safety field. It gives us a full description of the situation around the world in almost every country at the start of this Decade of Action for Road Safety. The world is rapidly motorizing, and as this report shows, more concerted action is needed, and it is needed now. Without this, we can expect a rise in the number of deaths and injuries on our roads.

Mr Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York

We all know what works: increasing seat-belt and helmet wearing; enforcing speed limits; reducing drinking and driving; shifting to sustainable transport modes such as bus rapid transit; creating pedestrian space and protected bike lanes. What’s needed is a global commitment by both the public and the private sectors to implement these strategies.

Ms Michelle Yeoh, Global Ambassador, Make Roads Safe

The Global status report on road safety 2013 will be such an important tool, as it will allow progress to be measured throughout the Decade. This progress is so desperately needed, in order to avert the tragedies and great sadness that come as a result of losing a loved one in a road traffic crash. It is my hope that the Decade will indeed achieve its goal of saving millions of lives. We all have a role in making the Decade a success.

Lord George Robertson, Chair, Commission for Global Road Safety

When I was 30, I survived a very serious road crash. I wore a seat-belt, and that’s why I’m fortunate and alive today. A seat-belt saved my life, and the initiatives of the Decade of Action for Road Safety can save millions of lives worldwide.

H. E. Mr Juan José Gómez Camacho, Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary, Mexico

En mayo de 2011, México se sumó a la iniciativa del Decenio de Acción de las Naciones Unidas para alcanzar la meta de reducir a la mitad el número de muertes y de discapacidades por accidentes viales en el mundo hacia el 2020. Lo hicimos llamados por la urgencia de detener la tendencia de estos accidentes, que cada día cobran la vida de 3 mil personas a nivel mundial, y cuyo costo en atención médica para las naciones va desde el uno al cinco por ciento del Producto Interno Bruto.

Despite the growing awareness and the general political commitment to tackle the global road safety crisis, we need to sustain the momentum by adequate investments in effective responses. In this context, we welcome the release of the second Global status report as a useful tool for monitoring the road situation worldwide. Data are a prerequisite to evaluate the results achieved and address the remaining gaps.