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.
69th World Health Assembly adopts new resolution on road safety
For the first time since 2004, the World Health Assembly adopted a new resolution on road safety on 28 May 2016. The 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" recognizes that urgent action is needed to achieve SDG target 3.6 to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries by 50% by 2020. As well as calling for increased action across the 5 pillars of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action, the resolution requests WHO, in collaboration with partners, to facilitate a process to develop global performance targets on key risk factors and service delivery mechanisms.
The UN General Assembly and its Member States adopted a resolution on "Improving global road safety", tabled by the Government of the Russian Federation, and co-sponsored by 55 governments. Among key decisions, the resolution (A/70/L.44) reaffirms adoption of the SDG targets on road safety outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: SDG target 3.6, which aims to reduce global road traffic deaths and injuries by 50% by 2020, and SDG target 11.2, which aims to provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all by 2030. The resolution calls for action to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries as a pressing development priority. It also endorses the outcome document of the 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety, held in Brazil in November 2015.
On 18-19 November 2015, for only the second time in history, ministers of transport, health and interior and their representatives convened in Brasilia, Brazil to address the global road safety crisis. The 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety, which gathered 2200 delegates from more than 110 countries including key speakers such as Ms Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, and Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, defined the urgent measures needed to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s ambitious target to halve road traffic deaths by the end of this decade.
Decade of Action for Road Safety
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Road traffic deaths
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Sustainable Development Goals
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