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Strengthening the national road safety management capacities of selected developing countries and countries with economies in transition

Background:

Road safety is an important sustainable development goal, yet relatively underappreciated and greatly underfunded. According to the WHO 2013 Global Status Report on Road Safety, about 1.24 million road traffic deaths occur annually on the world’s roads, with little change observed since 2007. Approximately 90% of all road crashes now happen in low- and middle-income countries. Road crashes cost an estimated 1% to 5% of GDP in developing countries, undermining efforts to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development. More than half of global deaths are among pedestrians and operators of motorized two-wheeled vehicles and rates are even higher in the world’s poorest regions.

Results of the efficient road safety management, whether expressed in terms of reductions in deaths or injuries, taking the special care on vulnerable road users (e.g. children, pedestrians) or problematic areas (e.g. speed, driving under influence, helmet wearing) are important to demonstrate the country’s ability to cope with road safety problems and improve road safety situation. Limited capacities, financial and human resources, weak statistical capabilities and other pressing economic or social problems led to the fact that only a few low- and middle-income countries started the setting of efficient road safety management systems.

The project activities will be implemented in four low- or middle-income countries: Albania, Georgia, the Dominican Republic and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. They have highest mortality and motorisation growth rates in their respective regions and require international assistance to improve national road safety situation and develop road safety management systems.

The proposed project aims to assist countries to enhance national road safety management system capacities. It will help Governments to identify most critical road safety aspects and priority needs by preparing the Road Safety Performance Reviews. On the basis of priority needs identified in the Reviews, capacity building seminars and workshops with examples of good road safety practices will be prepared. Furthermore, project aims to help countries to raise public awareness on road safety issues and sensitize public and non-governmental sector on the need to set ambitious road safety targets and adopt specific measures to meet them.

The project will be implemented by three UN Regional Commissions: ECE, ECLAC and ESCAP. The ECE Transport Division will lead and coordinate the proposed inter-regional project.

Through publication of project documents on the dedicated web page, project will share the best practice and raise the awareness of the beneficiary countries about the critical needs to timely and adequately address road safety challenges. Furthermore, it will emphasise the importance of the accession and implementation of the key UN road-safety related legal instruments, as an effective means for improving road safety management at the national level.

Objective:

To strengthen the national road safety management system capacities of selected developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

Expected accomplishments:

  • Enhanced national capacity of selected developing countries and countries with economies in transition to identify the most critical aspects and priority needs in their road safety situation
  • Enhanced capacity of selected developing countries and countries with economies in transition to effectively address and improve road safety in priority areas as identified in the Road Safety Performance Reviews

Implementation status:

In progress.