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 achieving the Global Goals of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030, with the ambitious target of preventing at least 50% of road traffic deaths and injuries by 2030.

The Road Safety Initiative includes 3 components:

  1. Capacity building
  2. Public awareness
  3. Partnerships

Capacity Building


VR Training

As virtual reality is reshaping the way knowledge is transmitted, UNITAR aims to overcome the barriers of distance-training by offering new technologies that recreate realistic road safety scenarios and enable an immersive, sensory learning experience. Virtual reality allows the user to get a feeling of interacting with a live and real environment, through the use of 3D images, 360º videos, and audiovisual interactivity.

Please click here, to learn more about our VR Training Programme. 


High Visibility Enforcement 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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Autosobriety Training Programme

The Autosobriety Training Programme consists of educational tools that aim to contribute to reduce and prevent alcohol-related traffic fatalities and injuries, and ultimately support UN Global Road Safety Performance Target 9: By 2030 halve the number of road traffic injuries and fatalities related to drivers using alcohol.

To learn more, please click here.



Micro-learning 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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Mobile Apps

As mobile apps become a significant part of learning delivery, UNITAR’s Road Safety Global Training Initiative aims to provide training aboutpractical solutions and results-based interventions in a flexible way, allowing users to learn from anywhere and anytime, with the advantage of being able to go through the learning content even when they are offline.

Learn more about our mobile apps.


Management Practices for Safer Roads Toolkit

This Toolkit is an interactive e-learning tool that presents a management methodology that can help improve road safety by:

  • Collecting data on the number and location of deaths by road user type
  • Identifying hazardous and critical road locations and sections where excessive numbers or severity of crashes occur
  • Outlining corrective measures
  • Implementing interventions and monitoring results

To access useful material related to the Management Practices for Safer Roads Toolkit, please click here.


Social Norms

Understanding how social norms act as powerful constraints on individual attitudes and behaviors is crucial for effective policy interventions. UNITAR offers online training on social norms to provide government officials and those responsible for road safety policies with tools to develop effective campaigns that address specific risk factors for road traffic injuries, placing special emphasis on those risky behaviors that are on the rise during and after COVID-19.

To learn more about “Designing Effective Campaigns to promote Social Norms aimed at improving Road Safety”, please click here.



Child Road Safety Education

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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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.

Read more about our simulation based-learning activities


Executive Education 

Designed for working professionals at mid-career to senior career level who have or aspire to have leadership positions in government entities, international organizations, NGOs, as well as in the private sector.

Our courses aim to build leadership and management capacity to design, advocate for, and implement effective road safety programs and policies.

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Face-to-Face Workshops

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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Public awareness


Wrong Side of the Road – Educational Project

This educational project is designed to help people understand the consequences of drink driving through speaking to people who made the decision to get behind the wheel after drinking.

What happens after you make the decision to drink and drive? All stories are real and aim to help prevent other people from making the same mistakes.

To learn more, click here.


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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Partnership for Action on Road Safety

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.

Read more about our Partnership for Action on Road Safety here.



UNITAR’s Road Safety Global Training Initiative combines its experience in training and research to create adapted road safety programmes wherever it’s needed most. Explore our reports to better understand the Initiative's scope and how, through different activities and components (capacity building, public awareness and partnerships), it fosters road safety around the globe.

To check our reports, please click here.

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