IMPLEMENTATING THE AFRICAN ROAD SAFETY ACTION PLAN (Paper 917)
This paper attempts to highlight the implementation progress of African Road Safety Action Plan in Africa after the 2015 Mid-term Review. According to the Review, there has been considerable progress in the implementation of the Action Plan, though to a varying degree across countries and pillars. The Review noted that most of countries in African region are at risk of not achieving the set objectives unless road safety measures and actions are accelerated. The Action Plan is in alignment with the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020. Similarly, road safety data management was identified as a major handbrake in addressing challenging areas of the Action Plan during the Review. The subsequent adoption of the roadmap to accelerate the implementation of the Action Plan; and a mandate from African Ministers of Transport for United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and African Union Commission (AUC) in partnership with the African Transport Policy Programme (SSATP) to develop a minimum set of Road Safety Indicators for all African countries carry great promise and impetus in addressing road safety issues on the continent.
In response to above stated mandates, UNECA in collaboration with SSATP are conducting a study on the minimum set of Road Safety Indicators for all African countries. Likewise, UNECA in collaboration with United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Secretariat of Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Road Safety are in the process of conducting Road Safety Performance Reviews (RSPRs) in Cameroon and Uganda.