The United Nations General Assembly hosted a one-day event in preparation for 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 road traffic fatalities and injuries globally) and SDG target 11.2 (by 2030, providing everyone with access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems, by improving road safety, in particular by expanding public transport.)
The Global Plan for this Decade sets a goal of preventing at least 50% of road deaths and injuries by 2030.
A decade of action for road safety is underway from 2021-2030. The Global Plan for this Decade sets a goal of preventing at least 50% of road deaths and injuries – as in the SDG target – by 2030. The Plan also includes voluntary targets, recommended actions and implementation requirements.
Road fatalities in Africa and Southeast Asia are much higher than in OECD countries. Speaking at the preparatory event on December 3, 2021, UNGA President Abdulla Shahid said this implied a divergence in national capacities for road safety and that achieving the global goal will require increased support for low- and middle-income countries.
Following the opening session, the preparatory meeting featured panel discussions on: sustainable national financing for road safety; sustainable international and private financing for road safety; the role of the private sector, civil society, universities and young people in road safety; and engage the government, regional integration bodies, the UN and other international organizations in road safety. Jean Todt, the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy for road safety, said the global road safety crisis could cost the global economy $ 1.8 trillion between 2015 and 2030. He urged a commitment increased donor support 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 to July 1, 2022 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA. Its theme will be “The 2030 Horizon for Road Safety: Guaranteeing a Decade of Action and Achievement”. The meeting is mandated to result in a political declaration agreed in advance in intergovernmental negotiations, which will be facilitated by representatives of Côte d’Ivoire and Russia.
The high-level meeting will also include a pledging 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]