5th UN Global Road Safety Week

Question: When was the 5th United Nations Global Road Safety Week observed?
(a) 06th to 12th May, 2019
(b) 01st to 06th May, 2019
(c) 13th to 19th May, 2019
(d) 24th to 30th April, 2019
Answer: (a)
Related facts:

  • The Fifth United Nations Global Road Safety Week was held from 6th to 12th May, 2019. This week focussed on leadership for road safety.
  • A campaign named #SpeakUp to Save Lives was also launched.

SpeakUp campaign:

  • The #SpeakUp campaign operates on the principles of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.
  • On 11th May, 2011, dozens of countries around the world kicked off the first global Decade of Action. From New Zealand to Mexico and the Russian Federation to South Africa, governments committed to taking new steps to save lives on their roads.
  • The Decade of Action seeks to prevent road traffic deaths and injuries which expert’s project will take the lives of 1.9 million people annually by 2020.
  • The #SpeakUp campaign provides an opportunity for civil society to generate demands for strong leadership for road safety and to inspire leaders to take action by showcasing strong leadership for road safety within governments, international agencies, NGOs etc.
  • UN`s global goal for sustainable development mentions to reduce the number of global death and injuries by road accidents to half by 2020.

Road Accidents:

  • According to WHO, nearly 1.3 million people die in road traffic crash – which averages more than 3000 deaths everyday. Of these, nearly 400,000 young people under the age of 25 are killed. Road traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among young people globally.
  • There were about five lakh road accidents in India in 2015 which led to the death of 1.5 lakh people and injured about five lakh people.
  • India is a signatory to the Brasilia declaration and intends to reduce road accidents and traffic fatalities by 50% by 2022.
  • Road length in India has increased from about 4 lakh kilometres in the 1950s to about 55 lakh kilometres in 2015.
  • Tamil Nadu recorded the highest accident fatalities in 2015 (23 fatalities/ lakh persons) followed by Haryana (18 fatalities/ lakh persons), and Karnataka (18 fatalities/ lakh persons).

Links:
https://www.unroadsafetyweek.org/en/about#gg
https://www.un.org/youthenvoy/2019/05/speak-up-to-save-lives-the-5th-un-global-road-safety-week/
https://www.prsindia.org/policy/vital-stats/overview-road-accidents-india
https://www.unroadsafetyweek.org/en/about

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