The UN General Assembly has approved a resolution supporting coordinated global action for road safety. In particular, the resolution could pave the way for the creation of a UN Road Safety Fund – a project actively supported by the FIA High Level Panel for Road Safety and FIA President Jean Todt, who is also the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety.
According to the 2015 WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety, some 1.25 million people are killed in car crashes around the world each year, which makes road traffic the world’s leading cause of death for 15-29 year olds. 90% of these fatalities occur in low- and middle-income countries. In the past three years there has been a 16% rise in the number of vehicles on the world’s roads, further underpinning the urgent need for action.
There has been a growing awareness internationally of the urgent need to address the pandemic of road fatalities, especially in developing countries, and to establish global action plans to obtain concrete results. The adoption, at the UN General Assembly in September 2015, of the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals, including a specific target to halve global road traffic fatalities and injuries in just five years, will require concerted effort by all stakeholders.
Further information is available at: www.roadsafety2030.com