24th Meeting of the UN Road Safety Collaboration

The 24th meeting of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) was hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand, on 16-17 March 2017. The meeting convened over 90 people, representing international organizations, governments, NGOs, academia, foundations and private companies. The meeting was chaired by Dr E. Krug from WHO and co-chaired by Mr Y. Li from the UNESCAP. The Vice Minister for Transport of Thailand, Mr Teerapong Rodprasert and the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety Mr Jean Todt were the keynote speakers.

The objectives of the meeting were to: discuss the implementation of the UNGA and WHA resolutions, discuss activities required to meet the road safety related SDGs, update the UNRSC terms of reference, discuss current and future activities of the UNRSC project groups and review membership requests and provide updates on UNRSC partner activities.

The discussions around the implementation of the UNGA and WHA resolutions included an update on the process to develop targets and indicators on key risk factors and service delivery mechanisms, a presentation on the available tools to support the visibility of and the activities for the 4th UN Global Road Safety Week as well as information on estimated timelines for the preparation of the UN Secretary General Report. The discussion went on to discuss activities required to meet the road safety related SDGs. In this context, updates were provided on the development of a road safety fund, on the launch of the Save LIVES package and on the Sustainable Mobility for All Initiative. The group also discuss the progress made in the development of a tool to improve country work coordination. The proposed changes to the UNRSC terms of reference were presented. While these were widely supported, one organization (UNECE) felt the need to discuss them further and it was agreed that the UNRSC Secretariat and UNECE would meet to discuss further (no other organization expressed interest in participating to this discussion). Since no revised version was finalized it was agreed to continue the discussions after the meeting to present a draft at the upcoming UNRSC meeting in November 2017.

Partners of the UNRSC's project groups convened to define next steps: safer roads and infrastructure, safer vehicles, safer road users, post-crash response, monitoring and evaluation and work-related road safety. The road safety management project group did not meet as neither the Chair nor the Vice Chair could attend the 24th UNRSC meeting; they indicated that they would continue the work remotely. Two organizations were welcomed as new members into the UNRSC. They are the Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS) and the Towards Zero Foundation (TZF). Finally, members provided updates on their activities, upcoming events were announced and the meeting was closed.