EASST network of NGOs mark World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, News, Road Safety Governance and Capacity Building, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is held every year on the third Sunday of November to commemorate those who have lost their lives or been seriously injured on the roads.

Each year, our EASST partners pull out all the stops to make this an important day for victims and their families. This year was no different.

In Bishkek, our local partners Road Safety Kyrgyzstan hosted a moving assembly at the Agrarian University where people could listen and share stories about their loved ones. The event included a very special guest, as the First Lady of the Kyrgyz Republic attended for the first time to talk about her son, whom she lost in a car crash, and called for more action to improve road safety across the country.

Calls to action were a key theme of this year’s World Day of Remembrance. In Moldova, the Automobile Club of Moldova (ACM) mobilised young people to remember and share their message: “We do not want more victims to commemorate…”

ACM took this message to decision makers at a meeting of the National Road Safety Council where they presented the new Global Plan for the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 and discussed how Moldova can make road safety a priority.

The National Automobile Club of Uzbekistan (NACU) also organised a roundtable event for key stakeholders where they too presented the Global Plan for Road Safety and facilitated a discussion around speed management, enforcement, and the promotion of active travel as an alternative to car travel in Tashkent.

The Young Generation of Tajikistan marked World Day of Remembrance with a special event at Secondary School #35 in the Shohmansur district of Dushanbe attended by representatives of the State Automobile Inspection of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Younger students recited poems, while the older cohort of Young Road Inspectors took to the streets with the Road Police to remind drivers to follow the speed limits around their school.

World Day of Remembrance plays a very important role in the campaign for improved road safety. It highlights the very reason for which we work and offers an opportunity to remind decision makers of their responsibility to end this entirely preventable loss of life.

Remember. Support. Act.