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The World Health Organisation

Decade of Action, 2019

Published by WHO and The World Bank in 2004, The World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention, which was the Premier Award winner that year, drew public attention to the scale of road traffic casualties across the globe.

Since then  WHO has led the establishment of the UN Road Safety Collaboration and implementation of The Decade of Action called for by a UN General Assembly resolution in 2010.

WHO and the UN regional commissions, with assistance from the collaboration, developed a Global Plan of Action for the Decade as a guiding document to Member States and organizations around the world wishing. to contribute to actions to reduce the carnage of road traffic crashes, deaths and injuries. Progress has been monitored through WHO Global Status Reports, most recently in 2018, which have served to highlight the challenges faced by countries.

The WHO team has also contributed significantly to eight General Assembly resolutions and three international transport ministerial meetings.

WHO has also provided technical support to countries and with members of the collaboration guidelines on best practice. These have included how to set up and monitor programmes, helmet wearing, drinking and driving, speed management, seat-belt and child restraint usage as well as how to set up and maintain optimal road safety data systems and road safety management systems.

The work of the dedicated team at WHO has been led by Dr Etienne Krug, Director, Social Determinants of Health.