Road traffic injuries kill nearly 1.3 million people annually. If current trends continue, road crashes are predicted to become the fifth leading cause of death by 2030.
Until recently, the extent of the road safety situation around the world was unclear. In 2009 WHO published the Global status report on road safety as the first assessment of the road safety situation at the global level.
In March 2010 the UN General Assembly proclaimed the period 2011-2020 as the Decade of Action for Road Safety. The goal of the Decade is to stabilize and then reduce the forecast level of road traffic deaths around the world. Global status reports will serve as tools for monitoring the impact of the Decade.
Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013
In 2011 WHO began work on the second such report. The objectives of this new Global status report are:
- to indicate the gaps in road safety nationally and thereby stimulate road safety activities
- to describe the road safety situation in all Member States and assess changes that have occurred since the publication of the first Global status report.
- to serve as a baseline for monitoring activities relating to the Decade of Action for Road Safety at the national and international levels.
Data collection will begin in early 2011 and will be carried out in all WHO Member States that agree to participate, working through WHO Regional and Country offices. The Report will be launched on 14 March 2013.