Fifth United Nations Global Road Safety Week

6–12 May 2019

The WHO European Region will mark the Fifth United Nations Global Road Safety Week on 6–12 May 2019 with a focus on leadership and the theme “speak up”.

Why speak up?

  • Stronger leadership for road safety is needed to save lives. The progress we are able to make hinges on our decision-makers’ political will to act. Leadership is needed!
  • Road safety is important as road crashes are responsible for 1.35 million deaths worldwide and over 84 000 deaths in the European Region every year. Road crashes are the leading killer of people aged 5–29 years. Thirty percent of road crash deaths involve pedestrians and cyclists, who are among the most vulnerable road users. Speak up to save lives!
  • Anybody can be a leader for road safety. We can all speak up and be leaders for road safety. We can document our journeys, record our demands and prompt decision-makers to make a pledge to act on them. Get involved today!

Road safety is a priority on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The overall goal of the Fifth United Nations Global Road Safety Week is to contribute to saving lives on the world’s roads, thereby furthering progress towards Sustainable Development Goal targets 3.6 and 11.2.

Intersectoral counterparts from all relevant government agencies (transport, police, health, education etc.), academic institutions, nongovernmental organizations and road safety activists throughout the Region are encouraged to join in advocacy activities and register their events on the website.
If you have decided to speak up, we would love to hear what you have to say! The first step is to assess your journey; the second step is to record your demands; and the third step is to prompt decision-makers to make a pledge to act on them.

  • Step 1: Speak up and assess your journey!
  • Step 2: Speak up and record your demands!
  • Step 3: Speak up and urge decision-makers to make a pledge!

For more information about the Fifth United Nations Global Road Safety Week to be held on 6–12 May 2019, please click on the link below. You will also have access to all the information you need to guide you through the three easy steps in a handy Get Involved toolkit.