The World Day of Remembrance for 2020 took place on Sunday, November 15th. The day commemorated the lives of those who have been killed in road and traffic accidents. Every year, the day provides a chance to look back and remember the many millions lost to road traffic accidents as well as thank the emergency services that help to prevent these tragic events from happening.
The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was started by RoadPeace in 1993. Since then it has been observed and promoted worldwide by several NGOs, including the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR) and its associated organizations. This year marks 25 years since day official became internationally observed in 1995. On 26 October 2005, the United Nations endorsed it as a global day to be observed every third Sunday in November each year, making it a major advocacy day for road traffic injury prevention. WHO and the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration encourage governments and NGOs around the world to commemorate this day.
The objectives of WDoR 2020 are to provide a platform for road traffic victims and their families to:
- remember all people killed and seriously injured on the roads;
- acknowledge the crucial work of the emergency services;
- draw attention to the generally trivial legal response to culpable road deaths and injuries
- advocate for better support for road traffic victims and victim families;
- promote evidence-based actions to prevent and eventually stop further road traffic deaths and injuries
Next years WDoR will take place Sunday, November 21. You can learn more about it from their official website here