On 10-11 April 2019, over 90 members of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC), representing governments, international organizations, NGOs and other groups convened in Chania, Crete, Greece to discuss next strategic steps in global road safety. Topics of discussions included progress made in planning the Third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, options to evaluate the Decade of Action for Road Safety and tools available to support the 5th UN Global Road Safety Week. Progress made in the development of guidance tool to support the implementation of the 12 road safety targets agreed upon in November 2017 and their related indicators were also mentioned. Finally, a debrief on the process to develop the upcoming UN Secretary General report on progress made in the attainment of the objectives of the Decade of Action was provided.
From 6-12 May 2019, thousands of road safety advocates are drawing attention to the importance of effective leadership as a vital component to successful road safety initiatives. Strong leaders are needed to provide a vision of how the future might look and mobilize action to achieve it. Whether they are legislating on speed limits or seat-belts; modifying infrastructure to make roads safe for pedestrians and cyclists; improving post-crash care for road traffic victims; or putting in place comprehensive fleet safety policies, road safety leaders make a positive difference in their countries, communities and institutions and their efforts save lives. The Week highlights that all of us can be leaders when we #SpeakUp for #RoadSafety.
Launch of the Road safety strategy for the United Nations and its personnel: a partnership for safer journeys
The Road safety strategy for the United Nations and its personnel: a partnership for safer journeys, released in February 2019 following a two-year interagency consultation process, provides guidance to all United Nations organizations on ways to reduce the number of road traffic crashes involving United Nations personnel and vehicles. For decades, road traffic crashes have been a leading cause of death for United Nations staff. In line with the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, this strategy aims to develop a new approach to safer journeys for United Nations personnel and people in the communities they serve. By implementing this strategy, the United Nations aims to lead by example.
Fifth UN Global Road Safety Week: Leardership for Road Safety
In February 2019 WHO and partners released the web site for the 5th UN Global Road Safety Week on the theme “Leadership for Road Safety”. The goal of the Week, which will be held 6-12 May 2019, is to generate a demand from the public for stronger leadership for road safety worldwide to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal and other road safety targets. The Week will provide an opportunity for civil society to advocate for concrete, evidence-based interventions to save lives and inspire decision-makers to take action by showcasing examples of strong leadership for road safety. The Week was called for through UN General Assembly resolution (A/RES/72/L.48) - “Improving global road safety” – adopted in April 2018.
April 2018: On 12 April the UN General Assembly decided on a number of steps to accelerate progress towards achievement of the SDGs linked to road safety. Among them are acceptance of the offer of the Government of Sweden to host the Third High-Level Global Conference on Road Safety in 2020, consensus on 12 global road safety performance targets and establishment of the UN Road Safety Trust Fund. These decisions are reflected in a new resolution A/RES/72/271 tabled by the Government of the Russian Federation and co-sponsored by more than 70 countries. The resolution also describes a number of important global road safety efforts, requesting WHO to continue to develop global status reports on road safety to monitor progress and inviting WHO and the UN regional commissions to facilitate organization of the Fifth UN Global Road Safety Week in 2019.
Developing global performance targets for road safety
February 2018: In November 2017, Member States made history by concluding work on a comprehensive set of 12 global road safety targets to measure progress. Aligned to the five pillars of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, the targets relate to road safety management, safer roads and mobility, safer vehicles, safer road users, and post-crash response. As follow up to this process, Member States invited WHO and other UN agencies to continue the work by developing a set of related indicators. An informal consultation was convened in February 2018, attended by representatives of more than 35 Member States as well as several UN agencies. Participants deliberated over 33 proposed indicators. At its conclusion a set of indicators covering process and outcomes for each of the 12 global targets was identified by the group. The targets and indicators will help to guide action and ensure measurement of progress on road safety at the national and global levels..
Decade of Action for Road Safety
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Sustainable Development Goals
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