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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 Additional information is available at


  1. World Health Organization. Global status report on road safety 2009. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2009. Available at Accessed April 28, 2011.
  2. Kopits E, Cropper M. Policy research working paper no. 3035. Washington, DC: The World Bank; 2003. Available at 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 Accessed April 28, 2011.

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