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Final Consultation paper for the establishment of a UN Road Safety Fund

Updated: 4 October 2017

Following consultations on a paper exploring the establishment of a United Nations Road Safety Fund, which took place between November 2016 and August 2017, UNECE in collaboration with the Special Envoy has prepared an updated consultation paper on the establishment of a United Nations road safety fund. UNECE and the Special Envoy wishes to thank all contributors for their valuable input and comments on earlier drafts. The paper has been transmitted to the Secretary-General for his consideration.

 

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Deadline for Submission of Comments on the Draft Proposal for Establishing a Road Safety Fund -- by 15 August 2017

Updated: 7 July 2017

Following the launch of the draft proposal for a United Nations Road Safety Fund at the Global Sustainable Transport Conference held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, in November 2016, and after initial consultations, UNECE has set a deadline of 15 August 2017 for submission of comments on the latest draft proposal.  

Inputs will be addressed in an updated version of the proposal which will be shared with Member States and stakeholders in due course. 

Kindly send all comments by email to executive.secretary@unece.org copying (cc) RoadSafetyEnvoySecretariat@unece.org

 

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Draft proposal for a UN Road Safety Fund launched for consultations

Published: 26 November 2016

Every year 1.25 million people are killed and around 50 million injured in road traffic crashes, which makes it one of the most pressing health emergencies and development issues of our time. Every day 500 children lose their lives because of road crashes. It is the leading cause of death for young people aged 15 to 29, and the eighth leading cause of death globally. Almost every person knows someone who has been involved in a road crash.

Under SDG 3 (Target 3.6), the international community has committed to “halve the number of global deaths from road traffic accidents by 2020”.  However, the world is very far from being on track to achieve this (see figure 1). 

This is why member States, in General Assembly resolution 70/260, requested the UN Secretary-General to consider the possibility of establishing, from voluntary contributions, a Road Safety Trust Fund, to support the implementation of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action and the road safety-related Sustainable Development Goals, as appropriate, and to report thereon to Member States.

A draft proposal for the establishment of a UN Road Safety Trust Fund was launched for consultations on 26 November at the first Global Sustainable Transport Conference in Ashgabat.

The proposed UN Road Safety Fund will aim to bridge the gap in the existing resources and help mobilize additional and adequate resources to fund road safety projects at local, national and global levels. The initial proposal estimates that the total additional grant funding for road safety needed to achieve the SDG road safety targets at $770 million annually over the next decade. It recommends that funding should be provided by voluntary contributions from member States, philanthropies and from innovative funding mechanisms such as contributions from each car or tire sold or contributions from insurance companies that are to benefit from a reduction in road traffic crashes.

The proposed UN Road Safety Trust Fund is envisaged to serve as a vehicle to leverage additional funding. It is estimated that every $100 million contributed to the Fund would support:  

the leveraging of $3.4 billion of country and city road safety investment; 

the saving of 64,000 lives; and

the averting of 640,000 serious injuries. 

With $770 million of grant funding per year over the coming decade, the proposed UN Road Safety Fund could save 5 million lives and avert 50 million serious injuries in low and middle-income countries.

Mr. Jean Todt, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, said: “I strongly welcome the proposed establishment of a dedicated UN Fund for Road Safety. The proposal puts forward an excellent starting point for consultations with member states and others. It provides a clear indication of the level of resources required and types of interventions necessary to make a real difference".

The draft proposal was developed upon request from the UN Secretary-General, by UNECE, as the host of the UN Road Safety Conventions, in collaboration with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, Mr. Jean Todt, WHO, other regional commissions and a broad range of road safety organisations in the UN Road Safety Collaboration, at the request of the Secretary-General following the call from member States contained in General Assembly resolution 70/260.

Informal consultations with member States in Geneva and New York and with civil society, the private sector, academia and other stakeholders will continue in the coming months. Formal consultations with member States will take place during the next session of UNECE’s Inland Transport Committee in February 2017. 

Note to editors 

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development contains targets on road safety in two of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals: 

  Sustainable Development Goal 3

  Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

  Target 3.6: By 2020, halve the number of global deaths from road traffic accidents.

  Sustainable Development Goal 11

  Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

  Target 11.2: By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons.

Figure 1 - Number of deaths from road crashes, 2010-2020  

                                                Source: OECD, International Transport Forum