Every year, on the third Sunday of November, the world comes together to remember the millions of lives lost in road traffic crashes. The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDoR) was started by Road Peace in 1993. In 2005, the United Nations endorsed it as a global day to be observed every third Sunday in November each year in recognition of road traffic victims and their families’ loss and suffering.
Road traffic crashes are a major global public health issue. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 1.35 million people die each year in road traffic crashes, and an additional 20-50 million people suffer non-fatal injuries, often resulting in long-term disability. These statistics reveal a startling truth – road traffic crashes are a leading cause of death and disability worldwide.
The World Day of Remembrance provides a global platform to:
- Remember. Honouring the memory of those who have lost their lives in road traffic crashes. It’s a day to reflect on the human toll of these incidents and to offer support to grieving families.
- Support. Raising Awareness about road safety and the importance of preventing traffic crashes. Promoting safe behaviours, responsible driving, and adequate road infrastructure are key components of this effort.
- Act. Advocating for policy changes and improvements in road safety. Governments, NGOs, and individuals alike use this day to call for stricter enforcement of traffic laws and the development of safer road systems.
On 17 November at 14:00 CET, you are welcome to join the WHO-hosted social media live chat on its Facebook, X, LinkedIn and YouTube channels. The live chat will feature Etienne Krug from WHO, Afef Ben Ghenia, Founder of the Les Ambassadeurs de la Sécurité Routière in Tunisia; Daniel Langenkamp, Public Affairs Officer, US Department of State; and Celia Rodriguez, YOURS youth leader and Founder of the Asociación de Prevención y Atención de la Seguridad Integral en el Tránsito in Guatemala. More info on World Day of Remembrance 2023 (who.int)
A wealth of materials is also available in many languages to mark the World Day of Remembrance, including videos, posters and the candle logo:
Show your support by posting and reposting on social media about the World Day of Remembrance using the hashtags #RoadSafety #RememberSupportAct and #StreetsforLife.
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