The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was started by RoadPeace in 1993. In 2005, the United Nations endorsed it as a global day to be observed every third Sunday in November each year, as the “appropriate acknowledgement for victims of road traffic injuries and their families”. Since then, victims’ and other civil society organisations, including the International Road Federation (IRF), national and local governments, and the international road safety community have been marking this day in countries worldwide.
The World Day of Remembrance provides a global platform to remember those killed or seriously injured, draw attention to the need for a more appropriate and just post-crash response for road traffic victims and their families, and call for accelerated action on road safety to save lives.
In recent years, WHO has hosted – in coordination with the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) a virtual Global Commemoration for the World Day of Remembrance under the theme “Remember. Support. Act”. Held on 18 November 2022, this year’s edition featured statements from the WHO Director-General Dr Tedros and other dignitaries from the UN and civil society, testimonials from bereaved mothers from Ireland and Nigeria, and an artistic intervention in two parts. A recording of the event is available here, in case you missed it.
Together with the other members of UNRSC, IRF joined the movement and supported the World day of Remembrance to honour road traffic victims and their bereaved families.
Remember those who died. Support those who survived. Act to save lives.