UN Resolution on Improving Global Road Safety

On 31 August 2020, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/74/299 on Improving Global Road Safety.
The resolution was based on the Stockholm Declaration agreed at the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in February 2020. It sets out a new target for road safety target for the next 10 years and proclaims the Second Decade of Action for Road Safety.

Main points

  • Proclamation of a Second Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021 – 2030.
  • A new target to reduce road deaths and injuries by 50% by 2030.
  • A request to the UNRSC, WHO and the UN Regional Commissions to prepare a plan of action.
  • Encouragement to Member States to take a holistic view of road safety in the context of the full SDG agenda, connecting it to environmental, mobility, equality, gender, and urban planning issues.
  • Promotion of environmentally sound, safe, accessible, and affordable modes of quality transport, especially public and non-motorized transport and to actively protect and promote pedestrian safety and cycling mobility.
  • A focus on vulnerable road users, including children and youth, older persons, and persons with disabilities.
  • A safe system and vision zero approach promoting an evidence-based, data-led approach.
  • Provision for vehicle safety, driver standards, road infrastructure, and technology and to address key risk behaviors.
  • Post-crash care, rehabilitation and social reintegration for road traffic victims.
  • The role of NGOs, academia, private sector, stakeholders to assist governments, who have primary responsibility for road safety, in working together to achieve the targets.
  • A high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly by the end of 2022 on improving global road safety with a view to addressing gaps and challenges.

Read the full resolution HERE.

Want to know more? Join our Q & A session with Dr. Etienne Krug, Director for the Social Determinants of Health, WHO, on 22 September 2020. Register HERE.

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