ALERT- Global leaders renew commitments on road safety | September 7, 2020

In Laos, a young man on a motorbike smokes and holds a road safety leaflet. Other young people stands next to motorbikes in the background.

The new UN Resolution on Road Safety extends until 2030 the global commitments to improve road safety and launches the Second Decade of Action for Road Safety (2021-2030), thus encouraging greater efforts worldwide. An important achievement for civil society’s advocacy On September 1st, the UN General Assembly adopted a new resolution on global road safety, […]

The new UN Resolution on Road Safety extends until 2030 the global commitments to improve road safety and launches the Second Decade of Action for Road Safety (2021-2030), thus encouraging greater efforts worldwide.

An important achievement for civil society’s advocacy

On September 1st, the UN General Assembly adopted a new resolution on global road safety, which builds on the Ministerial Declaration adopted in Stockholm in February 2020 and integrates the joint key asks of the many civil society organisations that have been advocating, over the past years, for stronger global leadership on road safety.

The Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety, of which HI is a member, has convened and leveraged the diverse voices of road users, road crashes victims’ associations, local organisations and international NGOs. This Resolution represents a great achievement for the global road safety community.

The UN Resolution incites greater commitments

The UN Resolution on Road Safety:

  • Proclaims the period 2021–2030 as the Second Decade of Action for Road Safety, with a goal of reducing road traffic deaths and injuries by at least 50 per cent from 2021 to 2030, and in this regard calls upon Member States to continue action through 2030 on all the road safety-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals.*
  • Encourages Member States to ensure political commitment and responsibility at the highest possible level to intensify national, regional and international collaboration, with a view to meeting these ambitious road safety-related targets.
  • Encourages Member States to make efforts to ensure the safety and protection of all road users, in particular of vulnerable road users in the higher risk roads.

The importance of Road Safety for sustainable global development

Every year, 50 million people are injured and 1.35 million people die as a result of road crashes, which are the number 1 killer of children and young adults. People in low-income countries run a three-time higher risk of dying in a road crash than people in high-income countries. Road safety is clearly a serious global health and development issue that deserves to be prioritized in the political agenda.   

Stronger leadership, renewed commitments, and extension of SDG targets until 2030 are key steps to save lives and make worldwide’ s roads safe and accessible to everyone.

 


*SDG target 3.6 sets to reduce road traffic deaths by 50%; and SDG target 11.2 sets provide access to safe & accessible transport systems for all, improving road safety.


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