On 12-13 April 2016 more than 140 road safety advocates from 81 UNRSC partner agencies convened in New York for a meeting organized by WHO and hosted by UNICEF. The speeches highlighted the global burden of road traffic injury, particularly on children and other vulnerable road users, and emphasized the need for concerted, sustained and urgent action to meet the SDG targets. Dr Krug introduced a package of priority activities to provide guidance to Members States to meet these targets. The development of the package, which was welcomed by participants, is being led by WHO in collaboration with other experts for finalization in the coming months. The 23rd Meeting of the UNRSC will be held in Geneva, Switzerland on 17-18 November 2016.
On 15 April 2016, the UN General Assembly and its Member States adopted a resolution on "Improving global road safety". The resolution, which was tabled by the Government of the Russian Federation, was co-sponsored by 55 governments.
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.
Through hundreds of events in at least 105 countries, road safety stakeholders – among them government ministries, NGOs, foundations, and private companies – marked the Third UN Global Road Safety Week and its campaign #SaveKidsLives. The Week of 4-10 May focused on children and road safety. It highlighted the plight of children on the world’s roads in an effort to generate action to better ensure their safety.
The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, has issued a report Improving global road safety, in advance of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly. The report draws attention to key developments in global road safety over the last two years, including the launch of the Global status report on road safety 2013; the Second UN Global Road Safety Week; the creation of the Global Alliance for Care of the Injured; and the annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. In the report the UN Secretary-General highlights the global and national achievements towards improving the safety of roads and vehicles; legislation on key risk factors such as speeding, drink–driving, and the non-use of motorcycle helmets, seat-belts and child restraints; and trauma care systems.
Friends of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 discuss key next steps in global road safety
On 3 June in Stockholm, Sweden, the Government of Sweden and WHO hosted a one-day meeting of the Friends of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, a group of Member States and international agencies committed to the success of the Decade of Action and the implementation of its Global Plan. The objectives were to review and discuss global progress in the Decade of Action and define future political steps to help generate additional attention and action.
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