The road traffic-related deaths and injuries have unparalleled health and socio-economic implications on society, as a whole. A staggering 1.35 million people die on the world’s roads every single year and up to 50 million more are left injured or disabled. Globally, over 500 children under the age of 18 are killed on the road each day. These numbers make road traffic injuries one of the leading causes of death worldwide and that among the most economically active citizens – those between the ages of 15 and 29.

UNITAR’s Road Safety Initiative aims to support governments to help them reach the Global Road Safety Performance Targets and advance towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 3.6 - “Reduce by half road traffic deaths and injuries by 2020”.

The Road Safety Initiative includes 3 components:

  1. Capacity building
  2. Public awareness
  3. Partnerships
Road Safety

Child Road Safety


Bringing the expertise and best practices from different partners, UNITAR offers training and learning opportunities for public officials and legislators on the implementation of comprehensive programmes that promote the use of child restraint systems, in order to save the lives of the most vulnerable.  For media and journalists on road safety and social communication. For parents and grandparents on the proper use of child restraint systems and seat belts.

The overall goal of UNITAR’s activities in this area is to contribute to advance Global Road Safety Performance Target 8: By 2030, increase the proportion of motor vehicle occupants using safety belts or standard child restraint systems to close to 100%.

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Online Training


UNITAR’s High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) Training Programme aims to strengthen the capacities of law enforcement officers in countries around the world to implement innovative interventions that reduce the number of road traffic injuries and fatalities related to drivers using alcohol.

The online component of the HVE Training Programme brings the expertise and experiences gathered in the field to be used widely amongst government officials responsible for road safety and law enforcement, serving as a tool to adapt and apply the HVE approach in their respective contexts.

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Microlearning courses


Through the Educate All initiative, UNITAR aims to increase access to education on critical topics such as road safety, risk factors causing road traffic deaths and injuries, as well as post-crash and emergency response techniques.

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Capacity building


Training activities

UNITAR, in collaboration with its CIFAL Global Network, offers face-to-face and online training opportunities aimed at enhancing the capacity of government authorities, law enforcement officers and key stakeholders on road safety management and leadership. 

Changing road users’ behavior on key risk factors for road traffic injuries (speeding, drunk–driving, distracted driving, and the failure to use helmets, seat belts and child restraints properly or at all) is a key component for improving road safety. UNITAR’s training activities aim to help identify and implement strategies that improve road user behavior and increase awareness of such risk factors.

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Study visits

Study visits allow participants to dive into successful road safety programmes implemented by other countries and to understand strategies, as well as instruments of other countries, while facilitating linkages with academia, industry and government. Study visits also contribute to establish long-term global partnerships to accelerate collaboration and interventions that improve road safety.

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Simulation based-learning

For first responders on post-crash response core elements. Simulations aim to enhance the capacities of first responders on post-crash response core elements such as emergency care and rescue (extrication) techniques that apply to children at the scene of a crash.

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Post-Graduate programmes

The Postgraduate Diploma on Road Safety Management and Leadership is offered by UNITAR, CIFAL Madrid, RACE and the European University, with the objective of empowering individuals responsible for road safety with knowledge and practical tools that will enable them to reduce traffic fatalities.

Next course: 1-30 October 2020

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To learn more, please click on the following link for information in English, and in Spanish


Public awareness


Stand Up for Road Safety Emoji Campaign

UNITAR is pleased to present the Emoji Campaign “Stand Up for Road Safety” developed with the support of BP and the Royal Automobile Club of Spain (RACE) to promote respect of traffic rules and good road safety behavior by all road users. 

Learn more about the Campaign, please click here.


 Youth engagement

Changing Youth and road users’ behavior on key risk factors for road traffic injuries (speeding, drunk–driving, failure to use helmets, seat belts and child restraints properly or at all) is a key component for improving road safety. 

UNITAR, together with CIFAL Centres and in collaboration with academic institutions, NGOS, and the private sector, hosts educational programmes and delivers campaigns to raise awareness among youth about the importance of adopting a respectful traffic culture in order to prevent and reduce traffic incidents.

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Conferences follow a multi-stakeholder approach, bringing together government authorities, businesses, academic institutions, international organizations, road safety experts, and law enforcement agencies to exchange knowledge and innovative solutions to reduce road traffic fatalities, while fostering understanding and collaboration.

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Facilitating multi-stakeholder collaboration is essential. This initiative seeks to mobilize public-private sector collaboration to implement local demonstration projects that help cities reduce deaths and injuries caused by traffic crashes. 

Learning and partnership platform: 

The Road Safety Learning and Partnership Platform 'RS:Learn' aims to support knowledge sharing, promote the development of learning materials and encourage interventions through collaboration. At the national level, it seeks to support targeted countries in developing and implementing road safety interventions. 


Management Practices for Safer Roads Webinar Series


This Learning Webinar Series is organized by UNITAR, the CIFAL Global Network and international partners to:

• Raise awareness about the « Management Practices for Safer Roads Toolkit », how to access it, its methodology and application

• Provide an open space to interact with experts, government officials and practitioners on how to use this Toolkit to improve road safety

For more information on the Management Practices for Safer Roads Webinar Series, please click here.

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