Violence and Injury Prevention

Friends of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 discuss key next steps in global road safety

On 3 June in Stockholm, Sweden, the Government of Sweden and WHO hosted a one-day meeting of the Friends of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, a group of Member States and international agencies committed to the success of the Decade of Action and the implementation of its Global Plan.

The objectives were to review and discuss global progress in the Decade of Action and define future political steps to help generate additional attention and action.

Participants included ministers and other top level decision-makers from the following countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, and the United States who are in charge of the national and international road safety agenda in their countries, as well as senior officials from international agencies: Commission for Global Road Safety, FIA, FIA Foundation, Global Road Safety Partnership, UN Economic Commission for Europe, World Bank and WHO.

The group discussed and defined possible next steps in a number of key areas, including road safety and the post-2015 development agenda; global targets and indicators for the Decade of Action; and innovative funding mechanisms for the Decade of Action. Subgroups were created to further develop actions needed in each of these areas.

An agreement was made to hold meetings of the Friends of the Decade of Action on a yearly basis as a means of generating continued attention and action at global level throughout the Decade of Action.