New York, 11 May 2011 - Secretary-General's message on the launch of the Decade of Action for Road SafetyThe launch today of the Decade of Action for Road Safety can help all countries drive along the path to a more secure future.
Road crashes kill nearly 1.3 million people every year, and leave millions more injured or permanently disabled. Impaired driving, unsafe roads and other dangers shatter lives in a matter of seconds.
The Decade can help thwart this needless loss of life.
I call on Member States, international agencies, civil society organizations, businesses and community leaders and people everywhere to ensure that the Decade leads to real improvements.
The Global Plan of Action for Road Safety is our collective map. It covers critical areas for action – from enhancing roads and vehicles to improving the behaviour of drivers, motorcyclists and pedestrians.
Today, partners around the world are releasing national or citywide plans for the Decade, hosting policy discussions and enabling people affected by road crashes to share their stories widely. Now we need to move this campaign into high gear and steer our world to safer roads ahead.
Together, we can save millions of lives.
Statements on 11 May 2011
- New York, 11 May 2011 - Secretary-General's message to the opening of the High-Level Segment of the 19th Session of the Commissin on Sustainable Development [Delivered by Mr. Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs]
- Geneva, 11 May 2011 - Remarks to the Second International Forum on Sport, Peace and Development