From 6-12 May 2019, thousands of road safety advocates are drawing attention to the importance of effective leadership as a vital component to successful road safety initiatives. Strong leaders are needed to provide a vision of how the future might look and mobilize action to achieve it. Whether they are legislating on speed limits or seat-belts; modifying infrastructure to make roads safe for pedestrians and cyclists; improving post-crash care for road traffic victims; or putting in place comprehensive fleet safety policies, road safety leaders make a positive difference in their countries, communities and institutions and their efforts save lives. The Week highlights that all of us can be leaders when we #SpeakUp for #RoadSafety.
In February 2019 WHO and partners released the web site for the 5th UN Global Road Safety Week on the theme “Leadership for Road Safety”. The goal of the Week, which will be held 6-12 May 2019, is to generate a demand from the public for stronger leadership for road safety worldwide to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal and other road safety targets. The Week will provide an opportunity for civil society to advocate for concrete, evidence-based interventions to save lives and inspire decision-makers to take action by showcasing examples of strong leadership for road safety. The Week was called for through UN General Assembly resolution (A/RES/72/L.48) - “Improving global road safety” – adopted in April 2018.
NVI Year in Review 2018
The “NVI Year in Review 2018” offers highlights from the work of WHO’s Department for the Management of NCDs, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention (NVI). Conducted in close collaboration with colleagues from across WHO as well as hundreds of other partners, activities include preventing road traffic deaths in the Philippines and school-based violence in Uganda; issuing new guidance for the prevention of violence against children; hosting high-profile advocacy events like the launch of the Global status report on road safety 2018; and announcing new initiatives, including the Global Emergency and Trauma Care Initiative. Partners are thanked for working with us and for sharing our vision of enabling people to live healthier, more productive lives.
WHO launches the Global status report on road safety 2018
8 December 2018. The Global status report on road safety 2018, launched by WHO in December 2018, highlights that the number of annual road traffic deaths has reached 1.35 million. Road traffic injuries are now the leading killer of people aged 5-29 years. The burden is disproportionately borne by pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, in particular those living in developing countries. The report suggests that the price paid for mobility is too high, especially because proven measures exist. These include strategies to address speed and drinking and driving, among other behaviours; safer infrastructure like dedicated lanes for cyclists and motorcyclists; improved vehicle standards such as those that mandate electronic stability control; and enhanced post-crash care. Drastic action is needed to put these measures in place to save lives and meet existing and future global targets that might be set.
5 NOVEMBER 2018 | Bangkok, Thailand – Violence and injuries account for 1 in 11 deaths worldwide and take the lives of more than 13 000 people around the world each day. In an effort to prevent them, experts gather for Safety 2018 to share the latest evidence and experiences from programmes which have demonstrated success in saving lives.
April 2018: On 12 April the UN General Assembly decided on a number of steps to accelerate progress towards achievement of the SDGs linked to road safety. Among them are acceptance of the offer of the Government of Sweden to host the Third High-Level Global Conference on Road Safety in 2020, consensus on 12 global road safety performance targets and establishment of the UN Road Safety Trust Fund. These decisions are reflected in a new resolution A/RES/72/271 tabled by the Government of the Russian Federation and co-sponsored by more than 70 countries. The resolution also describes a number of important global road safety efforts, requesting WHO to continue to develop global status reports on road safety to monitor progress and inviting WHO and the UN regional commissions to facilitate organization of the Fifth UN Global Road Safety Week in 2019.
WHO offers new tool for collecting data about burn injuries
Burns account for an estimated 180,000 deaths per year, the vast majority of which occur in homes and workplaces in developing countries. In addition non-fatal burn injuries are a leading cause of morbidity, often leading to prolonged hospitalization, disfigurement and disability. To help prioritize prevention programmes, WHO has launched the Global Burn Registry, the first ever global platform allowing for standardized data collection from burn victims. This new resource will provide health facilities with a clear picture of the factors most likely to contribute to burns and the populations at greatest risk in their settings.
Developing global performance targets for road safety
On 21 November 2017, Member States made history by concluding work on a comprehensive set of 12 global road safety targets to measure progress. Member States were represented at the gathering by senior government officials from a broad range of sectors, including health, transport, interior and police, among others. The targets align with the five pillars of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020: road safety management, safer roads and mobility, safer vehicles, safer road users, and post-crash response. In the coming months, WHO will work with Member States and other UN agencies to develop a set of indicators to facilitate measurement of the new targets. Both the global targets and indicators should help catalyze and set national targets and activities.
WHO launches new violence prevention resource
WHO has released “Violence Info”, a global interactive knowledge platform of scientific findings about the prevalence, consequences, causes and prevention of various forms of violence. The tool contains homicide rates and country-specific information on laws, policies, strategies and services to prevent and respond to violence. Globally, some 470 000 people are victims of homicide every year. Hundreds of millions more suffer non-fatal violence. Violence also contributes to leading causes of death such as cancer, heart disease and HIV/AIDS, because victims often adopt behaviours such as smoking, alcohol and drug misuse and unsafe sex. Beyond its impact on individual victims, violence undermines the social and economic development of whole communities. Violence Info was presented at WHO’s 8th Meeting on Milestones in a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention in October 2017.
>1 500 000people lose their lives each year to violenceViolence prevention
Road traffic injuries
54%of all people dying on the roads are cyclists, pedestrians, or motorcyclistsGlobal status report on road safety 2018
2 300children die every day from injuriesWorld report on child injury prevention
6 May 2019
5th UN Global Road Safety Week celebrated worldwide
From 6-12 May 2019, thousands of road safety advocates are drawing attention to the importance of strong leadership as a vital component to successful road safety initiatives.
1 May 2019
“Death on the Roads” data visualization now available in French and English
WHO has updated the “Death on the Roads” interactive online data visualization to reflect data from the Global status report on road safety 2018. The report indicates that road traffic deaths continue to rise, with an annual 1.35 million fatalities.
15 April 2019
New resource available for presenting INSPIRE: seven strategies for ending violence against children
At the request of partners, WHO colleagues on the Prevention of Violence team have made available a new PowerPoint video presentation with speaker notes for those preparing presentations on the technical package INSPIRE: seven strategies for ending violence against children.
8 April 2019
PAHO releases new national prevalence estimates on intimate partner violence
A new study released by PAHO presents comparative estimates of the prevalence of intimate partner violence against women in 24 countries of the Americas and an analysis of changes in prevalence over time for 8 countries. Intimate partner violence against women remains a public health and human rights problem across the Americas.
11 March 2019
INSPIRE handbook now available in Spanish
Now available in English and Spanish, the INSPIRE handbook: action for implementing the seven strategies for ending violence against children explains in detail how to choose and implement interventions that will fit various needs and context.
1 March 2019
Global Network for Road Safety Legislators launches new web site
As indicated in its Manifesto #4RoadSafety, the Global Network for Road Safety Legislators underscores the decisive role that Members of Parliament have in legislating for safe roads. Its goal is to unite the voices of parliamentarians and parliamentary bodies to strengthen advocacy for the prevention of road traffic deaths and injuries.
28 February 2019
UN launches road safety strategy for its personnel
On 28 February, WHO hosted the Geneva launch of the Road safety strategy for the United Nations and its personnel: a partnership for safer journeys. The strategy provides guidance to all UN organizations on ways to reduce the number of road traffic crashes involving UN personnel and vehicles and people in the communities they serve.
5 February 2019
Campaign web site goes live for 5th UN Global Road Safety Week
WHO and partners have released the campaign web site for the 5th UN Global Road Safety Week on “Leadership for Road Safety”. The objectives of the Week, which will be held 6-12 May 2019, are to provide an opportunity for civil society to advocate for concrete, evidence-based interventions to save lives and to inspire decision-makers to take action by showcasing examples of strong leadership for road safety.
25 January 2019
Global Burn Registry released to the public
The Global Burn Registry was released to the public with more than 1,300 records. Launched one year ago following extensive pilot testing in 60 health facilities across 30 countries, the Global Burn Registry is the first ever global platform allowing for standardized data collection about burn victims.