Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety

United Nations Road Safety Collaboration

In April 2004, the United Nations General Assembly resolution A/RES58/289 on "Improving global road safety" invited WHO to act as the coordinator for road safety issues across the United Nations system. The World Health Assembly accepted this invitation in May 2004 and the WHO created the UN Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) in October 2004. To date, there are 85 members coming from United Nations and associated specialized agencies, governments, foundations and academic institutes, road safety nongovernmental organizations and private companies.

The Collaboration is an informal consultative mechanism whose members are committed to road safety efforts. The goal of the Collaboration is to facilitate international cooperation and to strengthen global and regional coordination among UN agencies and other international partners to implement UN General Assembly Resolutions and the recommendations of the World Report. 

More information can be found on the UNRSC website here: www.who.int/roadsafety/en/

 

Decade of Action for Road Safety 

On 11 May 2011, the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 was launched in more than 100 countries, with one goal: to prevent five million road traffic deaths globally by 2020.

The Decade is a result of General Assembly resolution 64/255 in which 2011–2020 was proclaimed the Decade of Action for Road Safety, with a global goal of stabilizing and reducing the forecasted level of global road fatalities by increasing mitigating activities at national, regional, and global levels.
 
The resolution calls upon Member States to implement road safety activities, particularly in the areas of road safety management, road infrastructure, vehicle safety, road user behaviour, road safety education, and the post-crash response. The UNRSC was called upon to create the Global Plan as a tool for the implementation of these road safety activities.
 
In August 2020 The UN General Assembly issued a new resolution which proclaimed the period 2021–2030 as the Second Decade of Action for Road Safety, with a goal of reducing road traffic deaths and injuries by at least 50 per cent from 2021 to 2030, and in this regard calls upon Member States to continue action through 2030 on all the road safety-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

The Global Plan

The UNRSC has developed a Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 with input from many partners through an extensive consultation process through meetings and online resources. The Plan provides an overall framework for activities which may take place in the context of the Decade organized through 5 Pillars (listed below). Indicators have been developed to measure progress in each of these areas.

A new plan for the Second Decade of Action will be launched in May 2021. This highlights that although ambitious, the target of achieving a 50% reduction in global road traffic deaths and injuries by 2030 is realistic and achievable if the existing technical and governance solutions are implemented consistently by all countries over the coming 10 years. In some countries this will imply modest gains that are sustained over time. For example, a gradual decline of 7-8% per year would lead to a net reduction of 50% in the number of deaths over 10 years. In other countries the changes will be more abrupt and may be observable only towards the end of the decade. 

Governments, international agencies, civil society organizations, the private sector and other stakeholders are invited to make use of the Plan as a guiding document for the events and activities they will support as part of the Decade. The Global Plan is a valuable resource for information and best practice solutions for achieving our common goal of reducing road traffic fatalities.

This section of gTKP hosts work which has been produced by two of the Project Groups (PGs) in which UNRSC is organised. The PGs have been organised around the five pillars of the Decade of Action Plan 2011-2020 and this section covers work done under PG1 "Road Safety Management" and PG2 "Safer Roads and Mobility". For a question of completness, we have listed also the other PGs/Pillars (3-4-5), provided a small introduction for each one of them and links to WHO website and other relevant resources.

This section and relative resources will be updated as soon as the new Decade of Action Plan is launched in May 2021.