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Announcement: First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety --- November 19--20, 2009

The number of persons worldwide who die in road traffic crashes each year is estimated at 1.3 million, accounting for more than 3,000 deaths each day. Ninety percent of these road traffic deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, where the $65 billion in costs attributed to these deaths exceeds the total amount these countries receive in development assistance (1).

During November 19--20, 2009, the government of the Russian Federation will host the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety. The goal of this meeting is to draw attention to the growing problem of road traffic crashes worldwide and the need for immediate and sustained action. The Ministerial Conference represents a historic opportunity for ministers of health, transport, education, and foreign affairs to come together with the world's leading road safety experts to focus on this critical public health issue. Additional information regarding the conference is available at


  1. World Health Organization. Global status report on road safety: time for action. Geneva, Switzerland, World Health Organization; 2009. Available at Accessed October 30, 2009.

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Date last reviewed: 11/5/2009


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