Together with UNECE on the Road to Safety

Together with UNECE on the Road to Safety

Cutting Road Traffic Deaths and Injuries in Half by 2020 You do not have access to this content

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17 May 2016
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Roughly 1.25 million people die each year around the world in traffic accidents. This report covers goals set by the United Nations Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety, introduced in 2011. It provides a comprehensive overview, including the status and key results of its goals, as well as descriptions of specific UNECE Inland Transport Committee initiatives and information on the challenges the road safety community faces. The main conclusion is that political will, and the introduction and use of national strategies are likely to be the difference makers in halving the number of deaths and injuries by 2020. The path to road safety is a personal, societal and an organizational obligation as a joint responsibility outlined in this publication.
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  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
    The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is one of the five United Nations regional commissions, administered by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It was established in 1947 with the mandate to help rebuild post-war Europe, develop economic activity and strengthen economic relations among European countries, and between Europe and the rest of the world. During the Cold War, UNECE served as a unique forum for economic dialogue and cooperation between East and West. Despite the complexity of this period, significant achievements were made, with consensus reached on numerous harmonization and standardization agreements.
  • Transport in UNECE
    The UNECE Sustainable Transport Division is the secretariat of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) and the ECOSOC Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. The ITC and its 17 Working Parties, as well as the ECOSOC Committee and its sub-committees are intergovernmental decision-making bodies that work to improve the daily lives of people and businesses around the world, in measurable ways and with concrete actions, to enhance traffic safety, environmental performance, energy efficiency and the competitiveness of the transport sector.
  • Acknowledgements
  • Summary
    The world has been paying serious attention to road safety since 2003, following a United Nations General Assembly Resolution on the rapid global increase in road traffic deaths, injuries and disabilities. With roughly 1.25 million people dying each year around the world as a result of traffic accidents, the United Nations Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety, introduced in 2011, has helped to garner further attention and spur action, particularly when the personal tragedy of every life lost reflects the enormous overall cost of road traffic accidents to society.
  • Preface
    Since 1947, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Inland Transport Committee (ITC) has been busy working as the “invisible hand”, applying myriad courses of action and tools to enhance road safety. In particular, it has supported the development of global and regional conventions, facilitated policy dialogue, conducted analytical work and provided capacity-building and technical assistance. While it may not be widely known, essentially all of the groundwork for road safety is founded on United Nations international conventions and agreements that seek to harmonize both basic and complex practices. These conventions are hosted by UNECE ITC.
  • Road safety is important
    Roads have been part of life for centuries. Who needs reminding that as societies have developed and interactions among them have become increasingly important, so too has the need for the free movement of people and goods, not just within borders but across them.
  • Road safety governance
    Few activities benefit from the guidance of an instructor’s words or helping hand, or the rules established by a society, as does driving a car or riding a two-wheeled vehicle. Road users often learn as young people what it means to be “behind the wheel”; they take courses or instruction from approved schools that know the rules, and get tested to acquire the right to drive. Finally, as part of a globalized world with increasingly fewer borders and ever-expanding tourism, they appreciate having similar rules and regulations in different countries, which makes the time spent on the road a great deal easier – and safer.
  • The United Nations decade of action for road safety (2011–2020)
    “Road crashes kill nearly 1.3 million people every year, and leave millions more injured or permanently disabled. Impaired driving, unsafe roads and other dangers shatter lives in a matter of seconds. The Decade can help thwart this needless loss of life. I call on member States, international agencies, civil society organizations, businesses and community leaders and people everywhere to ensure that the Decade leads to real improvements.”
  • The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe cares: Looking ahead
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