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Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 proclaimed around the world

3 March 2010

On 2 March 2010, governments around the world took the historic decision to increase action to address the road safety crisis over the next ten years. The UN General Assembly resolution, proclaiming a Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, was cosponsored by more than 90 countries.

Through the Decade, Member States commit to actions in areas such as developing and enforcing legislation on key risk factors: limiting speed, reducing drink-driving, and increasing the use of seatbelts, child restraints and motorcycle helmets.

Efforts will also be made to improve emergency trauma care, upgrade road and vehicle safety standards, promote road safety education and enhance road safety management generally.

This recent initiative comes on the heels of the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, hosted by the Government of the Russian Federation in November 2009.

The Moscow Declaration was issued by ministers and senior officials from 150 countries. It underlines the importance of protecting all road users, in particular those who are most vulnerable such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

A draft Plan for the Decade, was prepared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) with support from members of the UN Road Safety Collaboration in which RoadSafe represents gTKP.

The  Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 is the result of concerted efforts by a large number of stakeholders, and is a great achievement. Our Royal Patron, HRH Prince Michael of Kent, was a key campaigner for this decade as Patron of the Commission for Global Road Safety and through his awards scheme.

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