The UN General Assembly hosted a one-day event ahead of an upcoming high-level meeting on global road safety. Transport safety is a subject of SDG target 3.6 (by 2020, halve the number of deaths and injuries caused by road traffic accidents) and SDG target 11.2 (by 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, in particular by increasing public transport).

The Global Plan for this Decade sets a goal of preventing at least 50% of traffic deaths and injuries by 2030.

A decade of road safety action is underway 2021-2030. The Global Plan for this Decade sets a goal of preventing at least 50% of traffic deaths and injuries – as in the SDG target – by 2030. The plan also includes voluntary goals, recommended actions and requirements. implementation.

Road fatality rates in Africa and South Asia are much higher than in OECD countries. Speaking at the preparatory event on December 3, 2021, UNGA President Abdulla Shahid said this implies a divergence in national capacities for road safety and achieving the global goal will require increased support to countries with low and middle income.

Following the opening session, the preparatory meeting included group discussions on: sustainable domestic financing for road safety; sustainable international and private financing for road safety; the role of the private sector, civil society, academia and young people in road safety; and engage the government, regional integration bodies, the UN and other international organizations in road safety. Jean Todt, UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for Road Safety, said the global road safety crisis could cost the global economy USD 1.8 trillion between 2015 and 2030. He urged greater engagement of donors with the United Nations Road Safety Fund.

Discussions highlighted potential sources of national revenue to advance road safety, such as fuel taxes, vehicle insurance, vehicle customs, registration permits, and traffic tickets. speed. Internationally, options can include private sector resources, philanthropic activities, donations, green bonds, and debt-for-nature swaps.

Jamil Ahmad, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), said a partnership supported by the United Nations Road Safety Fund is supporting quality standards in West African countries to fight against the export of dangerous and polluting used vehicles. He noted that the EU is in the process of revising regulations on this issue and that the African Union is consulting African member states for a continent-wide approach.

Noting that a billion more motor vehicles are expected over the next decade, David Ward, executive chairman of the Towards Zero Foundation, said the auto industry is responsible for ensuring they are safe, clean and meet the United Nations minimum vehicle standards.

The High Level Meeting on Global Road Safety is scheduled for June 30-July 1, 2022 at UN Headquarters in New York, USA. Its theme will be “horizon 2030 for road safety: securing a decade of action and delivery. The meeting’s mandate is to lead to a political declaration adopted in advance by intergovernmental negotiations, to be facilitated by representatives of Côte d’Ivoire and Russia.

The high-level meeting will also include a pledge conference. [Publication: Global Plan: Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030] [UN news story] [SDG Knowledge Hub story on HLM preparations] [Decade of Action webpage]

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