FEEDBACK – A renewed commitment towards road safety at the Second Global Conference in Brasilia | November 25, 2015
The Second Global Conference on Road Safety, opened with a powerful message from FIA Foundation’s ambassador and road safety advocate Zolaka Mandela to commit to actions, has ended in Brasilia with the adoption of the Brasilia Declaration during the closing plenary session. During this two days meeting, world leaders have expressed a renewed commitment towards road […]
The Second Global Conference on Road Safety, opened with a powerful message from FIA Foundation’s ambassador and road safety advocate Zolaka Mandela to commit to actions, has ended in Brasilia with the adoption of the Brasilia Declaration during the closing plenary session.
During this two days meeting, world leaders have expressed a renewed commitment towards road safety at the mid-way of the UN Decade of Actions for Road safety. They were also encouraged by the recent adoption of the Sustainable Development Goal framework, where road safety and mobility have been identified as key for sustainable development.
With the Goal #3 of the SDGs, the world has committed to halve the number of global death and injuries on our roads by 2020. On several occasion, it has been repeated that Road Safety was no “rocket science”. We know what works and this meeting reminded all stakeholders the importance for actions to be supported by a strong political will to address this world preventable epidemic.
It has also been recognized that greater efforts are needed to protect vulnerable users- amongst which the poorest are often the ones pushed away- and address their need for safer mobility. As WHO General Director Margaret Chan stated in her opening remarks “People need safe accessible and affordable transports”. She also recalled the fact traffic crashes are a leading cause of disability, which reminds us of the importance of a comprehensive and well-coordinated post-crash response.
This meeting also acknowledged growing challenges in terms of mobility, transportation and urbanization and the need to work towards achieving SDGs’ Goal #11 to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. The Brasilia Declaration welcomes the inclusion of the target to “provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons” by 2030 and puts a strong emphasis on the need to address the issue of “equitable access to mobility”.
In order to meet the objectives of the Decade of Action and the goals and targets set in the Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Brasilia declaration call for actions on the following:
- Strengthening road safety management and improving legislation and enforcement;
- Promotion of safer roads and sustainable modes of transportation;
- Protection of vulnerable road users;
- Development and promotion of the use of safer vehicles;
- Increasing awareness and build the capacity of road users;
- Improvement of post-crash response and rehabilitation services ;
- Strengthening of cooperation and coordination towards global road safety.
While this declaration marks a new milestone in road safety, stakeholders are nevertheless already looking ahead at the New Urban Agenda, to be adopted at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Urban Development and Housing (Habitat III). During this Conference to be held in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016, there is a strong call for the issue of safer roads and sustainable mobility to be given the necessary attention.
In Lao PDR, HI supports the Road Crash Prevention (RCP) Team, a group of survivors and family members of those who have died on the roads in that country. The RCP team are working to raise awareness amongst local people about the dangers and lasting impacts of high risk road user behavior, such as drink driving, speeding, mobile phone use, not using seatbelts, helmets and child restraints. The RCP team promotes safe road user behavior by sharing their moving personal stories to highlight the lasting damage that results from road traffic crashes.
The RCP marked World Day of Remembrance for road traffic Victims on 15th of November last by launching their mobile exhibition – a collection of personal testimonies and portraits which will be showcased at schools, shopping malls and cafes around Vientiane in the coming months.
The RCP testimonies can be seen on their Facebook page.