The Child Health Initiative held an event at the recent High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) to highlight the need for children around the world to be able to travel to and from school safely. The event, which was entitled “Every Journey, Every Child: A Global Priority for Urban Sustainable Development,” was cosponsored by the UN Missions of Brazil, Jamaica, the Sultanate of Oman, Russian Federation, and Sweden; FIA Foundation; World Resources Institute; Institute for Transportation and Development Policy; NACTO / Global Designing Cities Initiative; and Humanity & Inclusion.
This year’s HLPF focused on SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12, 15, and 17. SDG 11 sets out targets for mobility and includes one of the two road safety targets: “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.” Child Health Initiative applied this theme to the “Every Journey, Every Child” campaign, linking it not only to road safety but also to clean air and a move away from a car-centric approach to transport. Representatives from Sweden and New York described how taking a Vision Zero approach to road fatalities had enabled them to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on the road.
A number of Alliance members, worked with FIA Foundation, wrote to their governments to encourage them to review SDG 11 in their voluntary national reviews and to attend the Child Health Initiative event.
Read more about the event HERE.