Friday, 27 April 2012

Decade of Action for Road Safety by WHO (2)

Launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety


The Decade is a historic opportunity to offer Member States and their partners a framework for action which could ultimately save millions of lives. The vision is a world in which mobility is safe for all those who use the world’s roads. The alternative is grim: if no action is taken to address the current crisis, road traffic fatalities are forecast to rise from the current level of nearly 1.3 million deaths annually to more than 1.9 million by 2020. The goal of the Decade is to stabilize and then reduce the predicted number of lives that could be lost. WHO and the United Nations regional commissions, in cooperation with other partners in the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration and other stakeholders have developed a Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 through an extensive consultation process including 
face-to-face discussions with the major stakeholders and public comment through the Internet. 
The Plan provides an overall framework for activities which could be implemented in countries over the Decade. 
Five major categories or “pillars” of activities are proposed: 
  1. road safety management;  
  2. safer roads and mobility;   
  3. safer vehicles;  
  4. safer road users; and 
  5. postcrash response. 
The Plan also proposes indicators to measure progress in each of
these areas. Governments, international agencies, civil society organizations, the private sector and other stakeholders are invited to use the Plan as a guiding document for the events and activities they will support as part of the Decade.


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