In May 2011, the UN General Assembly announced the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020 in response to the rapidly rising number of road-related injuries and fatalities occurring all over the world. During the Decade of Action, the UN encourages new partnerships and initiatives across sectors to address what is being called a major public health issue. The official goal of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020 is to “stabilize and then reduce global road traffic fatalities by 2020.” The Global Plan for the Decade of Action is organized around a five-pillar approach to improving road safety, and includes targets and indicators for each pillar, in addition to global targets. 

The five pillars for focus during the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020 are:

  • Road safety management
  • Infrastructure
  • Safe vehicles
  • Road user behavior
  • Post-crash response

The Global Status Report on Road Safety, which will be published by the World Health Organization (WHO) periodically throughout the Decade’s duration, is the official monitoring tool to assess progress toward the pillar goals. You can find the report on the WHO website here:

The Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety was established in response to the Decade of Action and helps to coordinate NGO efforts in support of the Decade.

For more information about the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020, visit the official website: