Sustainable Development Goals.

Globally each year about 3,500 are killed and 50 million are injured in road crashes.  In 2015 the United Nations adopted its framework of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which consists of Seventeen goals and related targets to be implemented between now and 2030.


Road safety is included in the SDGs for both health and cities. The relevant text is as follows:                                                                    

                   Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
                        3.6 By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents




                   Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
                        11.2 By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all,

                        improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the                                                       needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons.



Additionally in 2011 the UN launched a Decade of Action for Road Safety, supported by a Global Plan for road injury prevention. The UN General Assembly periodically reviews progress with both the SDGs and the Decade of Action. The most recent debate and resolution was held in April 2018. For further details please see the UN Secertary-General’s Report and resolution. Since 2009 there have also been a series of Global Ministerial Conferences on road safety. The first was hosted by the Russian Federation in November 2009 and adopted the Moscow Declaration and the second was hosted by the Brazilian Government which adopted the Brasilia Declaration. A third Ministerial Conference is due to be hosted by the Swedish Government in 2020.

Responsibility for coordinating the UN’s road safety activity is shared by the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration and the UNECE Transport.

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