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UN Road Safety Fund will finance 10 projects to address gaps in 12 ‎countries’ road safety systems

Published: 19 February 2020

The UN Road Safety Fund has unveiled ten new projects that will target key gaps in the road safety systems of 12 countries. With a total budget of nearly USD 4 million, these projects will scale the Fund’s geographical and programmatic footprint in the coming months.

This announcement took place at a Ministerial Lunch organized by the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, Mr. Jean Todt, at the 3rd Global Conference on Road Safety in Stockholm on 19 February 2020.

Reflecting at the occasion, Mr. Todt stated “When the Fund launched the 2019 Call for Proposals, the Advisory Board, of which I am a member, had one clear priority – projects must demonstrate a chain of results leading to tangible impact on the number of fatalities and injuries on the road. I am convinced that these selected projects will accelerate progress in this direction.”

These projects are being launched at a time when the need for action has never felt stronger. Globally, almost 1.35 million people die on the roads each year, and an additional 50 million are injured. Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death for children and young adults aged 5-29 years. Unfortunately, the scale of this challenge has not received the attention that it has deserved and the funds for road safety have not kept pace with the demand.

This was reflected in the funds available for the UN Road Safety Fund’s 2019 Call for Proposals. A total of 73 projects requesting support for 52 countries were submitted. USD 62.5 million would be needed to finance all these projects.

With limited financing available, the Fund’s Steering Committee made a concerted effort to direct resources where they would be most needed. It is for this reason that 50% of the funds went to five projects in seven countries in Africa, where road traffic death rates are highest (26.6/100,000 people).

These ten projects will build on concrete action that is already taking place at the country-level through the Fund’s five pilot projects that were launched in 2019.

Project name

Country(ies)

Participating UN Organization

Project Duration

(in months)

Global Framework Plan of Action

(pillars)

Budget (USD)

1. Improvement of Driver Licensing System

Lao People's Democratic Republic

UNESCAP

18

road safety management

and safe user

570,000

2. Ten Step Plan for Safer Road Infrastructure

Tanzania

UNECA

24

safe road

480,000

3. Safe Road Zambia - Creating cities for non-motorized transportation users

Zambia

UNDP (WHO & UNEP)

36

safe road and safe user

450,000

4. Strengthening Road Traffic Enforcement

Brazil

UNECLAC

12

safe user

321,000

5. Safer and Cleaner Used Vehicles for Africa

African Countries (Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Tunisia, Uganda, and Democratic Republic of Congo)

UNEP (UNECE, UNECA and WHO)

30

safe vehicle

500,000

6. Technical support for more efficient implementation of the National Action Plan on Road Safety with emphasis on improving existing legislation and the quality of care for post-crash response.

Azerbaijan

WHO (UNDP)

36

road safety management,

safe road, safe user, safe

vehicle and post-crash

response

500,000

7. Speed Management in Argentina

Argentina

UNECLAC

24

road safety management,

safe user and safe road

300,000

8. Transformative Actions for Safe Motorcycles in Tunisia

Tunisia

UNESCWA

24

road safety management,

safe user and safe road

317,284

9. Strengthen Road Safety Management for evidence-based intervention through reliable road crash data, building capacity in research and monitoring evaluation.

Uganda

UNECA

24

road safety management

and effective post-crash

response

265,082

10. Reducing road deaths and injuries in Jordan through increasing restraint use

Jordan

UNESCWA

18

safe vehicle

267,550

For more information, please visit the Fund’s website at: http://www.unece.org/unrstf/home.html

Note to Editors

About the Road Safety Trust Fund

Established in April 2018, the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund aims to contribute to two major outcomes, assisting UN Member states to (a) substantially curb the number of fatalities and injuries from road traffic crashes, as well as (b) reduce economic losses resulting from these crashes. Building on the best practices and expertise developed through the Decade of Action for Road Safety, the Trust Fund will focus on supporting concrete actions helping to achieve the road safety-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Secretariat of the Fund is hosted by UNECE.


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