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Launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020

The Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 was launched to great fanfare on 11 May 2011 in more than 100 countries around the world.  Mandated by the UN General Assembly, the Decade seeks to save five million lives and prevent 50 million serious injuries.  A Global Plan calls for action on five so called “Pillars”:

Pillar 1: Road Safety Management

Pillar 2: Safer Roads & Mobility

Pillar 3: Safer Vehicles

Pillar 4: Safer Road Users

Pillar 5: Post-Crash Response

The UN Decade also presents a framework for monitoring and evaluating the achievements of the Decade in countries.  In the context of the launch, dozens of the 400 registered launch events featured Presidents and Prime Ministers, from Indonesia to Mexico and Sri Lanka to the United Kingdom.  Of the high-level national events, many served as opportunities to issue concrete action plans for the Decade and announce new road safety legislation.  The Decade is an unprecedented opportunity to rally the support of countries towards improved safety on their roads.