16th Meeting of the UN Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) held in Geneva

The 16th Meeting of the UNRSC was hosted by WHO in Geneva, Switzerland on 15-16 November. The objectives included updating partners on the progress in the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020; discussing preparations for the Second United Nations Global Road Safety Week (SUNGRSW); describing funding opportunities for Decade of Action initiatives; discussing current and future activities of the project groups; and deciding upon new membership applications.

Dr Etienne Krug of WHO presented on overall progress in the Decade, highlighting achievements in each of the five Decade pillars. National Decade focal points from France and Ecuador were guest speakers, France describing its progress both at national level and in terms of its support to francophone countries and Ecuador describing its progress at national level.

Many other UNRSC members described their Decade contributions. Discussions highlighted challenges such as the need to engage with government officials at the highest level; remind governments of their commitments to the Decade and the Global Plan; and demonstrate the cost effectiveness of interventions. A need was also expressed for a Sustainable Development Goal on safe and sustainable transport as part of the post-2015 UN Development Agenda.

Regarding the SUNGRSW, the group decided that it would be useful to promote the notion of a week free of pedestrian fatalities, and tools will be developed to help groups advocate for this. The Road Safety Fund, Road Safety Grants Programme and Multilateral Development Banks' Initiative were described. Each project group finalized its terms of reference and work plans for the next three years.

The UNRSC continues to draw international interest from many sectors. During the meeting, the Abu Dhabi Municipality and Fedex Global Citizenship were admitted as members.