Global Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020

The International Red Cross was the first to warn the world of the worsening crisis on the roads in its 1998 World Disasters Report, stating that ‘road crashes are a worsening global disaster destroying lives and livelihoods, hampering development and leaving millions in greater vulnerability’.

In 2004, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution on “Improving global road safety” recognizing road traffic injuries as a major public health crisis and human catastrophe on the scale of malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. The first-ever global road safety meeting of ministers and officials from 150 countries which took place in Moscow in November 2009, led to the UN General Assembly declaring a Global Decade of Action for Road Safety in March 2010.

After more than a decade of concerted advocacy and lobbying by international institutions and the road safety community, the Global Decade of Action was officially launched on May 11, 2011. More than 110 countries around the world participated in the launch staging events to mark the historic day. The Decade of Action yellow tag symbol was projected onto some of the world’s most iconic landmarks.