Marking the 4th UN Global Road Safety Week in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

WHO

Winning poster: Slow down – save lives

The WHO office in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia supported the organization of activities to mark the 4th UN Global Road Safety Week on 8–14 May 2017.

The key event was a “Slow Down Day” and poster competition at the Medical Faculty of Saints Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, for medical faculty students, supported by the Ministry of Health, on 9 May.

During the event, Professor Fimka Tozija, WHO national counterpart for violence and injury control and prevention and road traffic safety, presented the main facts about road safety, focusing on the key messages of the global response and advocacy campaign for the 4th UN Global Road Safety Week. Following the presentation, the students were divided into 5 groups and worked together on development of posters to raise awareness about road safety, under the slogan “Slow down – save lives”. The posters were exhibited at the 40th International Medical Scientific Congress and the South East European Summit of Residents and Young Doctors on 12 May.

WHO materials related to Road Safety Week were translated from English into Macedonian and distributed during the events at the Medical Faculty of Skopje, the 40th International Medical Scientific Congress and other events organized by the National Road Safety Council. The materials were also distributed to relevant stakeholders.
A policy brief related to the road safety situation in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, featuring evidence-based solutions to manage speed, has been developed and was distributed to key national stakeholders and published on the Ministry of Health web page for Health 2020.

Background

The UN General Assembly resolution on “Improving global road safety” (A/RES/70/260) requested WHO and the UN regional commissions to facilitate the organization of activities to mark the 4th UN Global Road Safety Week in 2017. The theme for the Week was “managing speed”.

Excessive and inappropriate speed is among the major risk factors for road traffic deaths and injuries. The overall goal of the Week is to contribute to saving lives on the world’s roads and further attainment of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 3.6, to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries by 50% by 2020, and SDG 11.2, to provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all by 2030.

The official site of the UN Global Road Safety Week 2017 has up-to-date information and materials.