United Nations Launch Road Safety Trust Fund
Road traffic crashes result in around 1.3 million deaths annually. In urban areas, especially pedestrians and cyclists are exposed to a higher risk of road accidents involving death or severe injury. Thereby, a disproportionate amount is happening in developing countries.
Launch of United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund
That's why the United Nations have launched a Road Safety Trust Fund in New York City on 12th April 2018. It aims to accelerate progress in improving global road safety by bridging the gaps in the mobilization of resources for effective action at all levels. The Fund will mobilize resources from governments, intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations, the private sector, philanthropic organizations and individuals.
United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety Jean Todt said “I strongly welcome the establishment of the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund, which has the potential to galvanize our global efforts to address the road safety situation, building on the progress made and experience gained over the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. I call on the support of all partners in mobilizing the resources necessary to reduce the number of fatalities on the world’s roads”. Jean Todt is also President of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).
According to UNECE, every $1,500 contributed to the Road Safety Trust Fund could:
- save one life
- prevent ten serious injuries
- leverage $51,000 in road safety investment.
If you want to get your hands on enhancing road safety, check also our recent SUTP publications on the topic:
- The fourth SUTP iNUA implementation guide "Enhancing Road Safety" focuses on road safety as an increasing risk in the progress of urbanisation and economic growth. The guide explores a number of measures contributing to higher urban road safety and provides basic guidance for policy-makers and interested citizens. Click here for download.
- SUTP Sourcebook Module 5b "Urban Road Safety" describes how road safety is organised at a city government level, how it is assessed (including the use of tools such as road crash diagrams), how safer road environments can be created, and the importance of public awareness, enforcement, safer vehicles, and sound financing. Click here for access.
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