ALERT – Sunday 19th November, the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims | November 17, 2017

This Sunday will be a new opportunity to commemorate Road Traffic Victims. Handicap International joins the global dynamic to engage in impactful advocacy initiatives on road safety. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every day more than 3,500 people die (a total of more than 1,300,000 a year) and 50 million are injured as a […]

This Sunday will be a new opportunity to commemorate Road Traffic Victims. Handicap International joins the global dynamic to engage in impactful advocacy initiatives on road safety.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every day more than 3,500 people die (a total of more than 1,300,000 a year) and 50 million are injured as a result of these accidents. The injuries caused by these accidents are the fifth largest cause of death and the main one among people aged from 15 to 29 years old. The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims has been observed and promoted worldwide since 1993 by several NGOs, including the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR) and its associated organizations. On 26 October 2005, the United Nations endorsed it as a global day, making it a major advocacy day for road traffic injury prevention.

It is a day to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families and communities ; it is also an opportunity to reflect on the tremendous burden and cost of this public health issue, and on ways to halt it. This year theme “From Global Remembrance to Global Action across the Decade” echoes the ambitious target, set by the Sustainable Development Goal, to reduce road fatalities and serious injuries by 50% by 2020.

See the annual statement of Etienne Krug, Director of the Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention at World Health Organization, as Chair of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration.

And the video created by the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR):

The FEVR, the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety, iRAP and many others organisations have developed materials to mark the day. Handicap International will relay these actions, and organize events in several countries of intervention. You can join the dynamic on social media, see the toolkit.


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