Governments agree to steps to accelerate progress towards road safety worldwide

April 2018: On 12 April the UN General Assembly decided on a number of steps to accelerate progress towards achievement of the SDGs linked to road safety. Among them are acceptance of the offer of the Government of Sweden to host the Third High-Level Global Conference on Road Safety in 2020, consensus on 12 global road safety performance targets and establishment of the UN Road Safety Trust Fund. These decisions are reflected in a new resolution A/RES/72/271 tabled by the Government of the Russian Federation and co-sponsored by more than 70 countries. The resolution also describes a number of important global road safety efforts, requesting WHO to continue to develop global status reports on road safety to monitor progress and inviting WHO and the UN regional commissions to facilitate organization of the Fifth UN Global Road Safety Week in 2019.

Developing global performance targets for road safety

February 2018: In November 2017, Member States made history by concluding work on a comprehensive set of 12 global road safety targets to measure progress. Aligned to the five pillars of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, the targets relate to road safety management, safer roads and mobility, safer vehicles, safer road users, and post-crash response. As follow up to this process, Member States invited WHO and other UN agencies to continue the work by developing a set of related indicators. An informal consultation was convened in February 2018, attended by representatives of more than 35 Member States as well as several UN agencies. Participants deliberated over 33 proposed indicators. At its conclusion a set of indicators covering process and outcomes for each of the 12 global targets was identified by the group. The targets and indicators will help to guide action and ensure measurement of progress on road safety at the national and global levels..

Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week kicks off worldwide

May 2017: 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

March 2017: 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.

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Decade of Action for Road Safety

5 millionlives could be saved on the world's roads during Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020

Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020

Road traffic deaths

3,400people die on the road every day

10 facts on global road safety

Sustainable Development Goals

50%reduction of road traffic deaths & injuries by 2020 called for in SDG 3.6


Upcoming events

25th Meeting of the UNRSC

New York, USA
12-13 April 2018

13th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion

Bangkok, Thailand
5-7 November 2018

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

18 November 2018

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