10 November 2012
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
On 18 November 2012 – the third Sunday of November
official theme for 2012
From Global Remembrance to Global Action across the Decade
Now is the time to learn from the past
Let’s make 2011-2020 a Decade to remember!
The World Day has a long history – it is being observed this year for the 19th time by
road victim advocacy NGOs, in particular those from Europe under FEVR’s umbrella
who established the Day, and for the 8th year globally – by NGOs, governments and
other stakeholders, following the recognition by the UN on 26th October 2005.
The theme is a combination of the motto for the first ever Decade of Action for Road
Safety, launched by the UN and WHO in May 2011, and the specific theme for 2012 –
Now is the time to learn from the past.This theme relates to the call in Pillar 1 of the
Global Plan for the Decade for ongoing monitoring and evaluation…..to encourage all
road safety stakeholders, but especially Lead Agencies to examine their countries’ road
The annual observance of the World Day of Remembrance is listed as an international
activity that will be monitored during the Decade of Action for Road Safety. This
observance is now spreading fast as governments and authorities the world over have
begun to appreciate the value of the Day in helping them with their Decade goals - by
providing evidence of the devastation suffered by bereaved and injured road victims.
Parliaments on two continents – Europe and Africa - have even issued calls to their
member states to recognize and observe the World Day of Remembrance in future.
Video for World Day,produced by Lucy Pepper:
Member of the European Parliament, Georges Bach, has sent a message: sent this message:
efforts, despite hard work, were not good enough, that more could have been done.
Road Traffic victims deserve to be remembered and honored: they were known
children, our biker colleague, the next door old chap. It was my grandmother killed on a
pedestrian crossing. Their absence has taken away irreplaceable joy, leaving instead
never ending grief hanging over the families. That grief turns into our duty - the
responsibility we all bear - a common call to roll up our sleeves and build up results.
This is the real gist of this Remembrance Day - It is a day of memory and
mourning, as well as commitment at all levels. Among our fondest thoughts for lost loved
ones there should be also a firm intent to make mobility safer. The international
community and international organizations are the front line actors in this mission, which
goes beyond deploying the best measures and policies. We all should not aim for the
best results, but for the only result: zero casualties! “
Brian Simpson, president of the Transport Committee, European Parliament:
is that next year thousands will lose their lives on Europe's roads and many more will be
It is right that we remember all those who have sadly died or have been seriously
injured, and the families of the victims who are left shattered by this event. We must all
do our utmost to highlight this unacceptable level of carnage and do all in our power to
reduce road crashes and save lives."
Message from Dr Etienne Krug, Chair UNRSC Forum and WHO Director VIP Dept.
Jeannot Mersch, the President of FEVR, is sending the following message:
“This year again around the 3rd Sunday in November, we feel this wonderful worldwide
solidarity for our common action of remembering road traffic victims - those who died,
who suffer lifelong injury, their families and friends, and all who come to their rescue.
This Day is for us again a big opportunity to raise awareness of the needs of road
victims and express our passionate wish to reduce road traffic casualties in numbers andJeannot Mersch +352 26 432 121 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
voices of road crash victims and work for road danger reduction.http://www.who.int/roadsafety/decade_of_action/plan/en/