The UN Road Safety Trust Fund (UNRSF) was set up in 2018 to boost funding efforts for road safety, which lag far behind funding levels for other non-communicable diseases despite now being the eighth leading cause of death globally.
This month in Geneva, the UN Road Safety Trust Fund (UNRSF) Advisory Board had their third annual meeting. The Board is made up of 19 road safety leaders from various backgrounds to ensure the guidance provided to the Fund is representative of a large consensus amongst stakeholders. Lotte Brondum, Executive Director of the Alliance, is on the advisory board representing civil society and NGOs
A number of pilot projects are already being funded by the UNRSF and, with government and private sector funding underway, the Fund is expected to open its first official call for project proposals in October 2019.
The fund hopes to support activities which aim to achieve the road safety-related SDG targets and align with the five pillars of the Decade of Action for Road Safety.
The Alliance is pushing for NGOs to be able to apply for UNRSF funding directly, as they are currently able to apply only through participating UN entities. The Fund hopes to support activities which aim to achieve the road safety-related SDG targets and align with the five pillars of the Decade of Action for Road Safety.