On 15 April, the United Nations General Assembly adopted, arguably the strongest global road safety resolution ever. With co-sponsorship by 55 member states, the UN General Assembly Resolution on Improving Road Safety (A/70/L.44), which following the Brasilia Declaration, encourages member states to take stronger measures to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets on road safety:
• SDG 3.6: By 2020, halve the number of road traffic deaths and injuries.
• SDG 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.
Among the recommendations, the resolution for the first time, addresses the need to explore the establishment of a UN Road Safety Trust Fund and advises member states to accede to and implement the UN Road Safety Conventions.
The Special Envoy, Mr. Jean Todt, alongside other key leaders, Ambassadors and member state delegates, delivered a speech at the UN General Assembly on 15 April in support of the Resolution A/70/L.44.
The Special Envoy, in partnership with UNECE, is continuing to advocate for increased financing for global road safety and for member state accession to UN Road Safety Conventions.