Save lives: #SpeakUp

SalvemosVidas SpeakUP ENThe Fifth UN Global Road Safety Week will be held from 6-12 May 2019. This year theme is “Leadership for road safety”, the goal of is to generate a demand from the public for stronger leadership for road safety worldwide. Stronger leadership is needed to advance road safety in countries and communities worldwide and it is key to achieving road safety targets, including SDG target 3.6 to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries by 50% by 2020 and SDG target 11.2 to provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all by 2030.

The objectives of the Fifth Global Road Safety Week are:

  • provide an opportunity for civil society to generate demands for strong leadership for road safety, especially around concrete, evidence-based interventions which will save lives
  • inspire leaders to take action by showcasing examples of strong leadership for road safety within governments, international agencies, NGOs, foundations, schools and universities, and private companies, among others

Highlight the risks, generate demands, provide solutions

Targeted primarily at civil society organizations and policy-makers in charge of road safety, the lead up to the Week will follow a phased approach highlighting the risks people face on their daily travels – “this is my journey”; the demands they generate based on these risks – “this is my demand”; and the ways that forceful and compelling leaders can work with them to address these demands – “this is our solution”. The concrete, evidence-based interventions around which they will rally will be in line with those featured in SaveLIVES: a road safety technical package and reflected in the newly established global performance targets for road safety. They include actions to improve road safety management; make roads, vehicles and road users safer; and enhance emergency and trauma care following a crash.

PAHO/WHO joins this global campaign disseminating technical information useful to decision makers and road safety managers in order to implement measures to protect the lives of all the users of the roads. A set of social media cards have also been prepared, and are available to download and share in social media networks. Read below to get these materials.

Social media cards

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Videos

It´s time to speak up for road safety

Road traffic crashes are the leading cause of death of children and young people

Road safety: 1 person killed every 24 seconds

Road safety: 26% of victims are pedestrians and cyclists