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Road crashes are the leading cause of death worldwide for youth aged 10-24. Of the 1.3 million killed on the world’s roads each year, 90 percent are in developing countries. Another 50 million are injured and sometimes permanently disabled, limiting their productive years and quality of life. This epidemic is an urgent development and public health concern to which the UN responded by launching the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. Civil society organizations have an important advocacy and operational role to play in supporting the Decade.


The Global Road Safety Facility has supported the global road safety advocacy movement from the onset, having contributed substantial resources to global road safety awareness-raising in the period leading up to the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. The Decade aims to save 5 million lives and prevent 50 million serious injuries by helping countries around the world improve their road safety outcomes, for instance through better road safety management, safer vehicles and roads, and post-crash care.

The Facility will continue to support global advocacy through its active role in the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration, by endorsing regional and country-based workshops and working with NGOs that promote the road safety agenda.

In April 2011, the World Bank and six other development banks, which together will account for approximately US$200 billion worth of road building investments during the Decade, committed to a shared global and regional program of road safety activities that help accelerate knowledge transfer, strengthen institutional capacity and scale up road safety investment.

“We acknowledge the scale of the public health crisis arising from deaths and injuries on the roads of developing and emerging countries […] and recognize that a systematic, multisectoral response is required to address this global crisis”.

Joint Statement by Seven Development Banks, 2011

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Advocating for Road Safety and Road Traffic Injury Victims: A Guide for NGOs
(PDF, 1.55MB)


Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020
(PDF, 1.03MB)


MDB Road Safety Initiative: A Development Priority
(PDF, 1.12MB)

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