“World day of Remembrance” is the day to remember the millions of people who have been the victim of road accident, their family and all others affected.WDR was first celebrated in 1993 A.D in United Kingdom. On 26 October 2005, the United Nation adopted a resolution which calls for government to mark the third Sunday of November each year as World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. Annually, there are about 1.35 million road traffic deaths (Global Road Safety Report, 2018) and no. of injured victim counts to 30 to 40 millions. Nepal has 7.6 death tolls per day in road accidents (2075/76) (Source: Traffic Police, 2019) while the data from WHO tells twice the death tolls in road accidents than reported by Nepal Traffic Police.
The loss from these road accidents is considered huge for the affected families, society and even the whole nation. There is no a perfect solution for these road accidents and effort is what that can be applied. The efforts, small or big, should be made so as the road safety and proper road user behavior can be established and well managed.
This special Remembrance Day is therefore intended to respond to the great need of road crash victims for public recognition of their loss and suffering. It is also a Day on which we thank the traffic police, emergency services and other helping hands and reflect on the tremendous burden and cost of this daily continuing disaster to families, communities and countries, and on ways to halt it. World Day of Remembrance is held on the 3rd Sunday of November with the objective to create awareness about the road safety among the general public.
Safe and Sustainable Travel Nepal (SSTN) has been organizing different programs in remembrance of all the road victims every year. SSTN had held the” World Day of Remembrance” program in all 7 provinces of Nepal last year. Even this year, on the very day we are scheduled to organize the various programs at different places of Nepal so that it would be much more effective than that of previous years. This year the day for WDR is 17th November 2019 (Mangsir 1st, 2076).
Safe & Sustainable Travel Nepal (SSTN) is a non-profit organization working on the sustainability of the developing transportation sector of Nepal along with enhancing the sustainability & safety of current mobility services. SSTN has been actively participating in many events for safer & sustainable travel of people from its establishment year 2016 through a team led by transportation engineers, professionals and social workers. The organization aims to improve transportation system through research, capacity building and awareness on the respective fields.
SSTN has been actively involved on enhancing road safety throughout Nepal. The organization has already conducted road safety awareness program at more than 55 different academic sectors covering all seven province and around 18 districts, 9 road safety awareness workshops, 5 talk-programs, along with that SSTN supported 3 national level & metropolitan events which was related to prosperous transportation sector.The organization successfully conducted first National Road Safety Conference organized by Nepal Engineers’ Association, as well as completed a 35 days Road Safety Awareness Campaign for the Department of Roads, Narayangarh-Muglin Road Project which was supported by the World Bank and Traffic Police.
The program will be organized in association of Nepal Engineers’ Association and Society of Transportation Engineer Nepal (SoTEN) not only in Capital valley, but also at various places within all seven provinces:
The program will have the following component based on community participation
Road Safety Awareness Class to school level students
Road safety related discussion
Road Safety Quiz
Road Safety Picture Exhibition
Support to Road Safety Victims
Mayors, Traffic Police Representatives, Nepal Engineer’s Association, Representatives from Civil Societies, Representative from other government organization are expected to join the program and commit for better road safety in their location and nation as a whole.