Violence and Injury Prevention

Global gathering of ministers set to determine road safety agenda to 2030

At the request of the UN General Assembly, the Government of Sweden will host – with support from WHO – the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety. The theme of the Ministerial Conference, which will be held from 19-20 February 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden, is “Achieving Global Goals”. Delegations of ministers from transport, health, interior and other sectors are expected to attend from more than 100 countries, as well as representatives of international agencies, civil society organizations and the private sector.

The Ministerial Conference will be instrumental in reviewing progress in the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 and accelerating action to reach the 12 newly established global road safety performance targets. The Ministerial Conference will culminate in a forward-looking declaration on the global road safety agenda leading up to 2030.

As reflected in the WHO Global status report on road safety 2018, around 1.35 million people lose their lives on the world’s roads every year, and as many as 50 million are injured. Road traffic injuries are now the leading cause of death for children and young adults aged 5-29 years. More than half of all road traffic deaths are among pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. This causes enormous human suffering and major economic losses for families and societies at large. Road traffic deaths are an unacceptable price to pay for mobility.

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