Violence and Injury Prevention

UN General Assembly adopts new resolution on road safety

On 10 April the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on "Improving global road safety" which was tabled by the Government of the Russian Federation and co-sponsored by dozens of countries. 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 as well as 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.

It encourages Members States and the international community to take road safety into due consideration in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda; invites WHO to continue monitoring, through its global status reports, progress in the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, noting the importance of targets and indicators against which progress can be systematically measured; 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.

In support of activities related to the Decade of Action, partners - including development banks, foundations and private sector companies - are invited to consider contributing financially to the WHO and FIA Foundation Road Safety Fund. They are also called upon to explore new and innovative funding modalities, in particular those which would further national efforts to implement the Global Plan for the Decade of Action.

As have previous road safety resolutions, this resolution also calls upon Member States which have not yet done so to develop national plans in line with the Global Plan for the Decade of Action; nominate national focal points for the Decade of Action; enact comprehensive legislation on key risk factors; strengthen emergency trauma care systems; improve the safety of vehicles and roads; and enhance the quality of road safety statistics.