UN Road Safety Collaboration charts next steps towards achieving Decade goal

The 14th meeting of the UN Road Safety Collaboration was held on 15-16 November at WHO headquarters. Colonel General Kiryanov, Deputy Interior Minister of the Russian Federation, attended as keynote speaker and highlighted activities in the country in support of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. The UN Secretary General's report to the UN General Assembly on Improving global road safety was highlighted, as well as the revised UN administrative policy on road safety.

Events such as the 20 November World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims and the proposed Second UN Global Road Safety Week were discussed. With regard to the Week, it was decided that the theme will be pedestrian safety and that the Week will be held in 2013.

Project working groups were reconstituted along the five pillars of the Global Plan for the Decade: building road safety management capacity; improving the safety of road infrastructure and broader transport networks; further developing the safety of vehicles; enhancing the behaviour of road users; and improving post-crash care. Work plans will be developed in the coming weeks.

Interest in membership of the UN Road Safety Collaboration continues to grow, with four new members joining the collaboration: Global NCAP, Fundación Gonzalo Rodriguez, FISITA and BHP Billiton. The next meeting will held in April 2012 in Washington DC, and will be hosted by the World Bank.