Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week kicks off worldwide
With 420 events registered in more than 100 countries, the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week and its “Save Lives: #SlowDown” campaign, highlight the dangers of excessive and inappropriate speed and generate action on measures to address this leading risk for road traffic death and injury. Typically 40-50% of drivers go over the posted speed limits, and speed contributes to one in every three road traffic fatalities. Countries which have successfully managed speed have built roads to include features that calm traffic such as roundabouts and speed bumps; established and vigorously enforced speed limits; ensured that manufacturers install in-vehicle technologies such as autonomous emergency braking; and raised awareness about the consequences of speed through mass media campaigns. Reducing speed not only prevents road traffic crashes, but also leads to increases in walking and cycling and reductions in air and noise pollution, thereby making populations healthier and cities more liveable.
UN Road Safety Collaboration convenes for 24th meeting in Thailand
More than 90 people attended the 24th Meeting of the UN Road Safety Collaboration in Bangkok, Thailand, hosted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) on 17-18 March 2017. The meeting featured among other issues an update on the process for development of road safety targets and indicators, May’s Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week, launch and implementation of Save LIVES: a road safety technical package, and the World Bank-led Sustainable Mobility for All project.
New web site launched to support preparations for Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week
In advance of the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week, 8-17 May, WHO has supported development of a new web site dedicated to UN global road safety weeks. In the coming months, this web site will be the main source of information, messages and materials related to the Week and its related #SlowDown campaign. The Week and campaign seek to increase understanding of the dangers of speed and generate action on measures to address this major risk for road traffic death and injury. This effort as one of many will contribute to achievement of the SDG target 3.6. National and local governments, international agencies, civil society organizations, foundations, private companies, and the public generally are invited to plan and host events marking the Week.
Hosted in Geneva on 17-18 November 2016, the meeting convened more than 90 representatives of partner governments, international agencies and civil society organizations, among others. Participants defined the urgent actions needed to achieve SDG target 3.6 to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries by 50% by 2020, among them implementation of the forthcoming Save LIVES technical package and recent UN General Assembly (A/70/260) and World Health Assembly (WHA 69.7) resolutions. Participants also made plans for commemorating the annual World Day of Remembrance on post-crash actions (November 2016) and marking the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week “Save Lives: #SlowDown” on managing speed (May 2017).
Michael R. Bloomberg becomes WHO Global Ambassador for NCDs and injuries
In August 2016 the WHO Director-General named Mr Michael R. Bloomberg, philanthropist and former three-term Mayor of the City of New York, as WHO Global Ambassador for NCDs and injuries. While NCDs and injuries have been receiving increasing recognition as important public health and development issues, considerable work is still needed to catalyse global action to the extent needed to meet the new SDG targets in these areas. With his longstanding experience in public health, Mr Bloomberg is ideally suited to help galvanise greater commitment and action. As WHO Global Ambassador, he will reach out to heads of national and city governments and the business community to increase their engagement in tackling NCDs and injuries and support WHO's work to reduce exposure to the main risk factors and promote proven measures to address them.
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