Sunday, 17 January 2021

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Global Road Safety Week

04.05.2016 - Around 186 300 children under 18 years die from road traffic crashes annually, and rates of road traffic death are three times higher in developing countries than in developed countries.

Road safety is an issue which deserves to be taken seriously; worldwide it is the biggest cause of death among children between the ages of 15 to 17. Every four minutes a child is prematurely lost on the roads of this world, many more are often severely injured.  A shift in mind set is desperately needed to ensure that roads everywhere serve the needs of and are safe for all who use them, not only children, but also other vulnerable groups such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. 

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Such a change is imperative for ongoing efforts to promote healthy lifestyles in line with SDG number 3. Walking, cycling and other physical activity that would curb overweight and obesity in children will inevitably bring them into contact with the road. Furthermore, every child deserves a safe journey to school.  It is only if those roads are made safe that children will be inclined to use them and their parents and other caregivers will allow them to do so.

The Third UN Global Road Safety Week - #SaveKidsLives - seeks to highlight the plight of children on the world’s roads and generate action to better ensure their safety. The Week features hundreds of events hosted by governments, international agencies, civil society organizations, and private companies, including the delivery of the “Child Declaration for Road Safety” to policy-makers. These events highlight WHO’s package of ten key strategies for keeping children safe on the road. 

Get involved on social media with the hashtag #SaveKidsLives and sign the Child Declaration for Road Safety to urge global leaders to take action in saving the lives of children.


UNRICs Related Links

· Global Road Safety Week

· #SaveKidsLives

· Sustainable Development Goals 

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