International Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims


Date: Third Sunday of November (20 November 2016)

Organized By:UN, WHO

Categories:General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance

Suggested For: Bank Exams, Civil Services Exam, MBA Exams, UPSC Exams, SSC Exams


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Background

The observance of the day was started by RoadPeace in 1993 and was adopted third Sunday of November as the International Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005. World Health Organization (WHO) play major role in promoting this day.

This day is much important as every year road crashes take lives of almost 1.24 million people and injure as many as 50 million more, leaving some with permanent disability. The number is such more when we consider the loved ones of these people who must cope with the consequences of their deaths or injuries.

Observation of this day becomes an important tool in global efforts to reduce road casualties. It also gives opportunities for understanding economic and emotional devastation caused by road crashes. It also gives opportunities to recognize suffering of road crash victims (it includes the persons directly involved and the family and friends who affects indirectly) and the work of support and rescue services.


Actions and Programs

This day is observed in many countries by police officers, associations, government and non government organizations, associations supporting families of road victims, families and friends of those who died in road crashes, celebrities. Activities and programs includes moments of silence, seminars, workshops, video and photo displays, display of posters, spreading the information through different media including social media etc.


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