Today, UN Member States will adopt the political declaration of the High-Level Meeting on Improving Global Road Safety (High-level Meeting). As representatives for civil society, we welcome the political declaration. We are especially encouraged that this has been a negotiated document, implying the involvement and commitment of all our countries and paving the way for political will to achieve the 2030 target. We congratulate the President of the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly for achieving this outcome under difficult political circumstances.
In particular, we welcome that the Declaration prioritizes implementation of the Safe System approach, requiring a whole-system approach to road safety that puts people, not vehicles, at its center. To meaningfully implement the Safe System, governments must invest in actions that are based on data and evidence and involve diverse communities, including youth, NGOs, women, people with disabilities, and others, to design actions that reflect the way they use the roads and ensures access to education, work, and the choices that enable any individual to achieve their maximum potential. We are therefore disappointed that the Declaration lacks firm commitments for national governments to invest appropriate, dedicated budgets for road safety, and to meaningfully involve NGOs, youth, overlooked groups including women and people with disabilities, and other community partners in decision-making.
For this Political Declaration to be meaningful and effective, Member States must take the principles outlined in the Declaration and immediately commit to:
There are just 3,106 days until the end of the Decade of Action 2021-2030 by which UN Member States have committed to reduce road deaths and injuries by 50%. There is enough time to achieve this target, but no time to waste. This is the moment when decision makers must demonstrate their serious commitment and take bold action to achieve the 2030 target.
Read the political declaration HERE.
To the technical standards set out in the Global Road Safety Performance Targets 3 and 4: https://cdn.who.int/media/docs/default-source/documents/un-road-safety-collaboration/targets-and-indicators-visual-clean.pdf?sfvrsn=29627bde_5