Ultimately, it is the individual behind the wheel or crossing the street that makes the split-second decision between safety and disaster... [read more]
OLGA ALGAYEROVA, Executive Secretary of UNECE | UNRSF Advisory Board Member
The launch of the UN Road Safety Strategy in February 2019 highlights that road safety requires leadership, and partnerships. With 1.35 million people dying on the world’s roads every year and numbers on the rise globally, we need new ways of approaching this human tragedy.
Road crashes affect the most vulnerable groups, particularly children who pay un unbearable toll: 500 children die every day on the roads. Road crashes destroy lives, leave families and entire communities in poverty and are a major hindrance to sustainable development. Their cost is estimated at USD 1.85 trillion every year; meaning that this money is not available to fund the thousands of schools, universities or hospitals that are badly needed all over the world.
Yet, road safety has so far not received the political attention and, critically, the financial support in deserves... [read more]
MATTHEW BALDWIN, Chair of the Advisory Board of the UN RSF, and is the European Union’s Coordinator for Road Safety and Sustainable Mobility
The world has arrived at a critical juncture for road safety, so I am really proud to have been asked to be the Chair of the UN Road Safety Fund’s Advisory Board, starting this autumn, 2020.
It seems like a long time since we met in Stockholm last February for the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference! The conference agreed on a very powerful declaration, launching the work towards the 2nd Decade of Action on Road Safety, featuring a global target to reduce deaths and serious injuries by 50% by 2030. And even as the COVID 19 virus continued to sweep across the globe, the UN General Assembly just last August endorsed the Stockholm Declaration in a Resolution. The UNGA resolution invited Member States to invest in road safety – and specifically to support the UN Road Safety Fund. So we have a big responsibility to fulfill in the coming years...[read more]
MOHAMED EL MOCTAR EL HACENE, Director of Economic Development and Integration Division, UNESCWA | Chair of UNRSF Steering Committee
With more than 1.3 million deaths worldwide each year and nearly 50 million serious injuries, traffic crashes are one of the most important problems facing the contemporary world. It is the leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 29.
Only seven percent of traffic fatalities are in high-income countries, which are experiencing a steady improvement in their handling of the traffic safety problem. Ninety-three percent of these deaths occur in middle- and low-income countries, most of which suffer from the worsening of this problem with the drain in their productive human resources, and the economic losses estimated at two to five percent of GDP in these countries.
In ESCWA region, WHO estimates that there have been more than 65,000 deaths from traffic crashes in 17 Arab countries whose data for 2016 are available, which accounts for more than 19 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, nearly four times the rate in the European region, estimated at 5 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants... [read more]