Requested by the United Nations General Assembly, the 4th United Nations Global Road Safety Week will be held annually from May 8 to 14.
In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these SDGs are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. A specific stand-alone target (3.6) in the Health Goal to reduce road traffic fatalities was adopted:
By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.”
Our governments have set a very ambitious target to save lives on our roads, and it’s our job to make sure they stick to it.
The #SlowDown campaign calls for urgent action around speed management to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries. The road safety target within the SDGs is only going to work if we hold our governments accountable.
The #SlowDown campaign operates on the principles of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 – 2020.
On 11 May 2011, dozens of countries around the world kicked off the first global Decade of Action. From New Zealand to Mexico and the Russian Federation to South Africa, governments committed to taking new steps to save lives on their roads. The Decade of Action seeks to prevent road traffic deaths and injuries which experts project will take the lives of 1.9 million people annually by 2020.
The Global Plan for the Decade of Action outlines steps towards improving the safety of roads and vehicles; enhancing emergency services; and building up road safety management generally. It also calls for increased legislation and enforcement on speeding.
The United Nations Global Road Safety Week and its’ campaigns are coordinated by the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration, chaired by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.
All stakeholders – national and local governments, international agencies, civil society organizations, private companies, and the public generally – are invited to plan and host events marking the week.