Following the High-level Meeting on Improving Global Road Safety, the Alliance’s Advocacy and Partnerships Director, Valeria Motta, has written an article on how NGOs can make sure that their governments take forward the outcomes of the High-level Meeting. Read it here:
“The first ever UN High Level Meeting on Improving Road Safety (the HLM) has just finished.
“It was set as a great opportunity to discuss the way forward to save lives on the roads. The efforts of the President of the 76th General Assembly and WHO should be recognized for coordinating this meeting, involving the Member States, leading and negotiating a Political Declaration, and securing three checkpoints in 2023, 2025, and 2026 to assess the progress on road safety. However, the statements made by Member States, although they all recognized road safety as a key issue, revealed gaps in understanding of road safety as a social issue and political will to address it.
“So I asked myself, what is next? How do we move forward? How can we ensure that we see real progress during the UN General Assemblies in 2023 and 2025 where road safety will be reported, and the second High-level Meeting in 2026?
“As NGOs we have to be resourceful, and make the best out of these three upcoming UN meetings that we have in front of us. Let’s develop a progressive plan defining what we want to see from each of these meetings;
“NGOs, the ball is in our court, and there are several immediate actions we can take to make sure that the outcomes of the High-level Meeting are taken forward and used to build momentum in our countries:
“Alongside this, we must maximize our coordination with other sectors working on other areas, such as climate, gender, and equity, to leverage joint areas of agreement and build their understanding of and support for safe mobility to enabler to achieve their targets. We must use media effectively to inform society and empower them to keep our leaders accountable for their commitments.
“Opportunities are scarce, so let’s make sure that we, the NGO community, are ready to maximize it, support our governments, and watch their progress. At the next High-level Meeting we don’t want to hear how many lives are lost every year, we want to hear how many lives were SAVED.”