19th Meeting of the UN Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) coincides with UN General Assembly discussion on road safety

On 8-9 April 2014, in advance of a discussion in the UN General Assembly on road safety, WHO hosted the 19th Meeting of the UNRSC in New York. The meeting convened more than 100 people, representing around 40 UNRSC member governments, NGOs, foundations and private companies. Keynote speaker H.E. Mr A. Florencio Randazzo, Minister of Transport of Argentina, updated on recent achievements in road safety in his country. Dr Etienne Krug, WHO, gave an overview of progress in the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.

Participants discussed implementation of the new UN General Assembly resolution "Improving global road safety" which was tabled by the Government of the Russian Federation and co-sponsored by dozens of countries. During its formal adoption on 10 April 2014, the Russian Deputy Interior Minister, General Victor Kiryanov, the actress Michelle Yeoh, as well as the Ambassadors to the UN of Brazil, Iceland, Israel, Jamaica, Monaco, Oman, South Africa, Syria, and the United States of America and representatives from Argentina and the United Kingdom spoke in support of the resolution and stronger road safety action.

Among key decisions, the resolution welcomes the offer of the Government of Brazil to host the Second Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in 2015; encourages road safety to be taken into consideration in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda; invites WHO to continue monitoring progress in the Decade of Action; and requests WHO and the UN regional commissions to facilitate organization of the Third UN Global Road Safety Week in 2015 on the theme of children and road safety.

The 19th Meeting of the UNRSC served as an opportunity to share ideas for future collaborative activities and events, including the Second Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety and the Third UN Global Road Safety Week. Project groups convened on the five pillars of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action (road safety management, safer roads and mobility, safer vehicles, safer road users, and post-crash care) as well as on monitoring and evaluating and work-related road safety. Participants reviewed a UNRSC membership request from the Fundación MAPFRE, which was accepted.