Third UN Global Road Safety Week, 4 – 10 May 2015: ‘Children and road safety’
On 10 April 2014 a new UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution – “Improving global road safety” – requested WHO and the UN regional commissions to facilitate organization of the Third UN Global Road Safety Week in 2015. WHO and the regional commissions are pleased to announce that the Week will be held 4 – 10 May 2015 and the theme will be children and road safety. The Week will draw attention to the urgent need to better protect children and generate action on the measures needed to do so.
While the international organizing committee for the Week further refines preliminary plans, partners worldwide are encouraged to establish a national or local organizing committee and develop a plan of activities, including with involvement of children. The UN Road Safety Collaboration will host the Week’s global web site, which will grow and develop in the months ahead, with a toolkit for organizers, calendar of events and other advocacy materials.
UN global road safety weeks are called upon by governments through UNGA resolutions. They serve as important platforms for concerted advocacy. Global, regional and national events should engage governments, civil society, foundations, academia and the private sector – in fact all who seek to save lives by improving safety on the roads. As milestone events on the global road safety calendar, UN global road safety weeks give added impetus to the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 and its goal: saving 5 million lives.