In March 2010 the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution proclaiming 2011 to 2020 as the Decade of Action for Road Safety. The resolution was introduced by the Russian Federation and co- sponsored by 100 countries including Australia. The goal of the Decade is to stabilise and then reduce the forecast level of road deaths worldwide by 2020 by increasing road safety activities at national, regional and global levels.
The resolution invites all member states to set their own national road traffic casualty reduction targets for the decade and calls for the implementation of road safety activities, particularly in the areas of road safety management, road infrastructure, vehicle safety, road user behaviour, road safety education and post-crash response. These objectives are supported by the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020, which provides a guiding implementation framework based on Safe System principles.
Australia's National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2010 is closely aligned with the Global Plan—and it forms an important part of our country's response to the Decade of Action for Road Safety.
On 7 May 2017, Australia hosted the Regional Launch of the Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week (from 8 to 14 May 2017) for the World Health Organization's Western Pacific Region at the Sydney Opera House.
The theme was to “slow down” as excessive and inappropriate speed is among the major risk factors for road traffic deaths and injuries.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge was lit up in yellow to commemorate this important event.