Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to site content
CDC Home

Announcements: Launch of Decade of Action for Global Road Safety --- May 11, 2011

Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among persons aged 15--29 years and the ninth leading cause of death overall in the world, resulting in 1.3 million deaths and 50 million nonfatal injuries each year (1). Without new and sustained commitment to preventing traffic injuries, the number of deaths is expected to increase by 65% over the next 20 years (2). A recent World Health Organization report summarized the magnitude of the problem and the impact these injuries will have on global public health and development (3).

On March 2, 2010, the United Nations adopted a resolution calling for a Decade of Action for Global Road Safety, with a goal of reducing by 50% the projected increase in road traffic deaths by 2020. The official launch of the Decade of Action begins May 11, 2011. Governments, international agencies, organizations, and private companies are encouraged to hold events in conjunction with the launch and to register their events at http://www.who.int/roadsafety/decade_of_action/launch/planned_events/en/index.html. Additional information is available at http://www.decadeofaction.org.

References

  1. World Health Organization. Global status report on road safety 2009. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2009. Available at http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/road_safety_status/2009/en. Accessed April 28, 2011.
  2. Kopits E, Cropper M. Policy research working paper no. 3035. Washington, DC: The World Bank; 2003. Available at http://econ.worldbank.org. Accessed April 28, 2011.
  3. Peden M, Scurfield R, Sleet DA, et al, eds. World report on road traffic injury prevention. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2011. Available at http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/publications/road_traffic/world_report/en/index.html. Accessed April 28, 2011.


Use of trade names and commercial sources is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

References to non-CDC sites on the Internet are provided as a service to MMWR readers and do not constitute or imply endorsement of these organizations or their programs by CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CDC is not responsible for the content of pages found at these sites. URL addresses listed in MMWR were current as of the date of publication.


All MMWR HTML versions of articles are electronic conversions from typeset documents. This conversion might result in character translation or format errors in the HTML version. Users are referred to the electronic PDF version (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr) and/or the original MMWR paper copy for printable versions of official text, figures, and tables. An original paper copy of this issue can be obtained from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), Washington, DC 20402-9371; telephone: (202) 512-1800. Contact GPO for current prices.

**Questions or messages regarding errors in formatting should be addressed to mmwrq@cdc.gov.

 
USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30333, USA
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - Contact CDC–INFO
A-Z Index
  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E
  6. F
  7. G
  8. H
  9. I
  10. J
  11. K
  12. L
  13. M
  14. N
  15. O
  16. P
  17. Q
  18. R
  19. S
  20. T
  21. U
  22. V
  23. W
  24. X
  25. Y
  26. Z
  27. #