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Road Traffic Safety

In a world where annually more than one million people die on the road, UNECE manages a number of United Nations road safety legal instruments. They are negotiated by governments and become legally binding for states that accede to them. These legal instruments cover:

  • Traffic rules
  • Road signs and signals
  • Construction and technical inspection of vehicles
  • Road infrastructure
  • Driving times and rest periods for professional drivers
  • Safe transport of dangerous goods and hazardous materials

These conventions are administered by the relevant Working Parties or Administrative Committees in charge of updating and amending these instruments. The UNECE secretariat incorporates a governance structure that offers a multi-dimensional approach to assist with accession and to facilitate implementation. The conventions enhance road safety and facilitate international road traffic, trade and tourism.

The Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1), the main coordinating body in the area of road safety, works in conjunction with other working parties such as SC.1 (road transport), WP.6 (transport statistics), WP.15 (transport of dangerous goods), WP.24 (safe loading of cargo) and WP.29 (vehicle regulations) to offer a comprehensive platform that enables cooperation and the exchange of information and best practices among governments.

The UNECE also provides secretariat services to the United Nations Secretary-General Special Envoy for Road Safety.


Call for proposals of early harvest projects 

Early harvest projects can help meet the urgent needs to improve road safety for member States. They are also a chance to highlight how the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund, launched on 12 April 2018, can aid road safety while simultaneously effort is invested into fully operationalizing this Fund. 

In this context a call to the Fund’s Participating Organisations for pilot projects proposals has been issued on 18 September 2018. 

The following are the current Fund’s Participating Organisations:

  • Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  • Economic Commission for Europe (ECE)
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and Caribbean (ECLAC)
  • Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
  • Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Any government, non-profit institution or NGO interested in proposing a pilot project should contact the officers in charge of road safety in any of the Participating Organisations and jointly develop a sound project proposal. If no such contact is available, please inform Lukasz Wyrowski who should be able to refer you with relevant officers.

The pilot projects should focus on the most striking needs for improving road safety of countries. These projects should thus concentrate on assisting selected countries with the highest numbers or rates of road fatalities in addressing their principle road safety challenges. This could be done by eliminating the missing components or improving weak elements of the countries’ national road safety systems or by helping them prepare action plans for the development of such systems.

The deadline for project submission is 25 October. Only project proposals submitted through one of the Participating Organisations will be considered further.