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Improving global road safety: setting regional and national road traffic casualty reduction targets

Background:

This project represents a continuation of efforts to implement the recommendations made in General Assembly resolution A/RES/60/5 on Improving global road safety.  According to the World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention, published by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank in 2004, road traffic crashes claim the lives of more than 1.2 million people every year throughout the world and are responsible for about 40 million injuries.  They disproportionately affect low and middle income countries.  The costs of road crashes are estimated at between $65 billion and $100 billion.

The overarching objective of the project is to assist low and middle income countries to develop regional and national road traffic casualty reduction targets and to provide them with examples of good road safety practice that could help them to achieve the targets selected by 2015.

In particular, the project will inform low and middle income countries about interventions and road safety practices that have been shown to bring significant reductions in road traffic injuries and fatalities. 

Objective:

To assist countries to develop regional and national road traffic casualty reduction targets and provide them with examples of good road safety practice that could help them to achieve the targets selected by 2015.

Expected Accomplishments:

  • Increased capacity to set regional and national road safety targets.
  • Increased understanding of good road safety practices that countries can employ to help achieve their targets for 2015.

Implementation Status:

The Ministers and heads of delegations as well as representatives of international, regional and sub-regional governmental and nongovernmental organizations and private bodies that gathered in Moscow, Russian Federation, on 19–20 November 2009 for the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, adopted a Declaration in which they welcomedthe results of this UNDA funded project implemented by the United Nations regional commissions to assist low-income and middle-income countries in setting their own road traffic casualty reduction targets, as well as regional targets.