When and why World Day?

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is observed on the third Sunday of November each year by an increasing number of countries on every continent around the world.

            This day, adopted by the UN in October 2005, is dedicated to remembering the many millions killed and injured in road crashes, their families and communities ...more…  

O Dia Mundial em Memória das Vítimas da Estrada celebra-se anualmente no terceiro domingo do mês de Novembro, num número crescente de países em todos os continentes do mundo.

           Este dia é dedicado à memória dos milhões de pessoas falecidas ou feridas em desastres de viação e às suas famílias e amigos...more… 


           參與紀念日的國家,每年在世界各地都有增長。在這一日,我們默哀和悼念在全球道路交通事故中喪生的人、受傷者、與及他們的家人和社區。… more...


This website is an archive of past commemorations, intended as a source of help and inspiration for all organizers of World Day events, as well as a lasting record of those events.

Memorials to road victims in every country



Messages for World Day 2013

UN Secretary-General Mr Ban Ki‑moon:

“…Behind these statistics are grieving parents, children, siblings, colleagues and friends…more…

Dr Etienne Krug, Chair UN Road Safety Collaboration:

“….My heart goes out to bereaved families and friends whose loved ones have been killed on the world’s roads this year....more….

European Commissioner for Transport Sim Kallas:
"Last year, almost 28,000 people died in road traffic crashes in the EU. Many more suffered permanent injuries…more…

‘Light of Hope’ initiative

Remember road victims on World Day of Remembrance with a Light

- especially between 6 - 8pm!



Poems and Prayers

A Prayer for the 20th anniversary of the day of remembrance …on this day we wish we didn’t have to mark, we commend to you the souls of those who have died violently on our roads. We pray for those affected by their sudden and untimely deaths...We pray for new courage, commitment and energy to work together for safer streets …more


Poster for World Day 2013

Poster Gallery

Events around the globe by continent and year:
View summary of World Day 2013 events here
Details for submitting your planned events  here.
Why is the World Day important?
  • Because...

    it draws attention to the devastation caused and calls for government action

    this day creates a link between road victims throughout the world

    lack of information about this catastrophe provokes social indifference

    the number of people killed and injured on the road represents the largest human-made disaster

    modern societies tolerate enormous numbers of victims of wholly preventable technical risks

    we remember lost lives and evoke the names of real people, who deserved to be alive today, to have fulfilled their dreams