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January 2012




Road Traffic Injuries Research Network Honors UN Decade of Action for Road Safety with New Webpage, Invites Partners to Contribute

May 3, 2011 – The Road Traffic Injuries Research Network (RTIRN) today announced a special page on its website dedicated to publicizing the activities of its partners and their institutions surrounding the launch of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 3,500 people die every day in a road crash. Yet, road traffic injuries can be prevented. The United Nations General Assembly has established a set of actions focusing on planning and evaluating preventive interventions in order to “stabilize and then reduce the forecast level of road traffic fatalities around the world.” The implementation of these interventions, as well as the monitoring and evaluation activities associated with them, will last throughout the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.

The official launch of the Decade of Action will be on May 11, 2011. This will be a global occasion, consisting of a series of "rolling" events in countries around the world. International agencies, civil society organizations, the private sector and others will participate in the global launch.

The RTIRN welcomes contributions to its new webpage. Collectively, we hope to provide a comprehensive list of important activities that will take place on May 11, 2011. To contribute to the RTIRN’s special webpage of launch activities, please contact us.

Please let our community know about your work in road safety. Together we can make a difference!


Ricardo Pérez-Núñez, secretariat@rtirn.net

About RTIRN The Road Traffic Injuries Research Network (RTIRN) is a partnership of more than 517 individuals and institutions from 63 countries that collaborate to further research into the impact and causes of road traffic injuries in low and middle-income countries, and to identify appropriate interventions to the problem. RTIRN’s vision is to reduce the burden of road traffic injuries through the promotion, conduct and utilization of research. For more information about RTIRN, please visit www.rtirn.net.


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