Honoring Traffic Victims by Making Roads Safer: Guterres

every year, 1.3 million people die in road accidents And the 50 million more have been infectedHe said, making this The leading cause of death for children and young adults.

The UN Secretary-General’s remarks came in his message on the occasion of the International Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, which is celebrated annually on November 20.

One of the best ways to remember and honor the victims We do our part to make the roads safer around the world “.

development is at risk

The Secretary-General also referred to the link between traffic accidents and development.

Nine out of ten victims are in middle- and low-income countries.

It requires saving more lives Securing more financing For safe and sustainable mobility, whole-of-society action plans and a strong preventive approach,” said Mr. Guterres.

“The UN Road Safety Conventions and Fund help countries strengthen national systems and infrastructure. I urge Member States and donors to support these efforts and prevent further tragedies.”

Saving young lives

Meanwhile, a global campaign supported by the United Nations aims to prevent more boys and girls from dying in road accidents.

One person dies on the road every 24 seconds worldwide, while 500 children die on the roads globally every 24 hours, according to the United Nations Road Safety Fund, announcing the second edition of the #minutes2live4 campaign.

It was launched on Sunday, which also marks Universal Children’s Day as well as the International Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

affected poor countries

UNFPA is a global partnership that strives to help cut road traffic deaths and injuries in half in low- and middle-income countries, where a staggering 93 per cent of fatal crashes occur each year.

The fund has worked on district-wide adoption of safer vehicle regulations in West Africa, as well as initiatives on pedestrian and cyclist safety, among other activities.

The #minute2live4 campaign seeks to raise awareness about Global road safety crisiswhich hits children over 5 the hardest, and to support the fund’s $40 million replenishment goal.

Awareness and empowerment

Nica Henry, Chair of the United Nations Fund for Humanitarian Studies, emphasized that awareness is the first step towards addressing the global road safety challenge.

“Billions of daily road users, thousands of companies and over 100 governments currently sit on the sidelines of inaction, largely unaware of the far-reaching risks for our most vulnerable road users – our children. This campaign aims to empower everyone with knowledge on how to help. Keep the kids safe She said.

The #minutes2live4 global campaign will feature supporters, ranging from race car drivers and artists to world-class athletes and leaders of UN agencies.

It will run for 10 weeks and end on World Education Day, January 24.

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