African Road Safety Conference

Mike Winnett, GRSP
5-7 February 2007

African ministers adopt declaration on road safety

The African Road Safety Conference was held from 5 – 7 February 2007 in Accra, Ghana. It was co-organised by the World Health Organization and the UN Economic Commission for Africa, with support from a number of agencies, notably the Swedish International Development Agency, the FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society, the Sub-Saharan African Transport Policy Program, the World Bank, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, and the Global Road Safety Partnership. More than 250 delegates attended the conference.

The following African countries were represented: Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. In addition, the following international organizations participated: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, World Health Organization, Sub-Saharan African Transport Policy Programme, World Bank, Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS), FIA Foundation, Department for International Development (DFID), SITRASS, Handicap International, and Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP).

The overall theme was road safety and the millennium development goals; reducing road traffic fatalities by half by 2015.

The objectives of the conference were as follows:

  • To review progress made by African countries in improving road safety.
  • To plan implementation of the recommendations of the World report on road traffic injury prevention and the African Road Safety Initiative.
  • To continue preparations for the First UN Global Road Safety week.
  • To advance the development of national action plans for road safety for countries in the region.
  • To identify ways of mobilizing resources to rapidly improve road safety

Delegates discussed the following issues:

  • Lead agencies for road safety
  • Data
  • Road safety education
  • Road safety management
  • Policy and harmonization
  • Quick wins in prevention
  • Partnerships and collaboration
  • Rural road safety
  • National road safety targets
  • The First UN Global Road Safety Week

They came up with a set of recommendations with regard to each of these topics which was then presented to a group of ministers responsible for Transport and Health in Africa on 8 February. The outcome of that meeting was an Accra Declaration which urges countries to take action to address the growing problem of road traffic crashes on the African continent.

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Contact details

Mr Joseph Atta-Mensah
Senior Economic Affairs Officer
Trade and Regional Integration Division
UN Economic Commission for Africa
Telephone: +251 11 5445379
Fax: +251 11 5513038
E-mail: jattamensah@uneca.org

Dr Olive C. Kobusingye
Regional Advisor on Violence, Injuries, & Disabilities
WHO Regional Office for Africa
Harare, Zimbabwe
Telephone: +47-241-38266
Fax: +47-241-38004
E-mail: kobusingyeo@whoafr.org

Contact

UN Road Safety Collaboration

WHO/VIP
Avenue Appia 20
CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 791 2881
Fax: +41 22 791 4332
E-mail: traffic@who.int