Developing global performance targets for road safety

On 21 November 2017, Member States made history by concluding work on a comprehensive set of 12 global road safety targets to measure progress. Member States were represented at the gathering by senior government officials from a broad range of sectors, including health, transport, interior and police, among others. The targets align with the five pillars of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020: road safety management, safer roads and mobility, safer vehicles, safer road users, and post-crash response. In the coming months, WHO will work with Member States and other UN agencies to develop a set of indicators to facilitate measurement of the new targets. Both the global targets and indicators should help catalyze and set national targets and activities.

Developing global targets for road safety risk factors and service delivery mechanisms

World Health Assembly resolution (WHA 69.7) on "Addressing the challenges of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020): outcome of the second Global High-level Conference on Road Safety - Time for Results", was adopted in May 2016. The resolution requested WHO, in collaboration with other UN agencies and the UN regional commissions, to continue facilitating a transparent, sustainable and participatory process with all stakeholders to assist interested countries to develop global performance targets on key risk factors and service delivery mechanisms to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries. The process for the development of these global targets is well underway, and the first revision of the WHO discussion paper, issued on 17 February 2017, is available for comment through 30 April 2017.

Global Forum for Road Safety Legislators

Global Forum for Road Safety Legislators

On 12 December 2016, WHO and the Towards Zero Foundation launched the Global Forum for Road Safety Legislators at an event in London, in association with the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety of the United Kingdom, and under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent. The event convened around 30 parliamentarians from around the world who have a responsibility for road safety legislation. International road safety experts highlighted the important role of legislation in reducing road traffic injuries, and encouraged the parliamentarians to take a leading role in adopting and ensuring the implementation of good road safety laws in their countries. A core group of legislators was identified to lead the Forum and to establish mechanisms to encourage international legislative bodies to take action on road safety. The identified action points resulting from the London meeting were endorsed in a Global Forum for Road Safety Legislators Declaration.