In September 2015, member countries of the United Nations convened for the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015 in New York to officially adopt the post-2015 development agenda. At the highly anticipated summit, global leaders reaffirmed their commitment to international development and formally instated 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to focus on after 2015 until 2030. This Development Summit marked a momentous occasion for road safety advocates, because, for the first time in SDGs history, road safety was included under not just one but two of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted:
Goal 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages:
3.6 By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents
Goal 11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable:
11.2 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
The inclusion of road safety in the post-2015 agenda is the result of years of advocacy efforts. Read about the journey toward the inclusion of road safety targets in the Sustainable Development Goals HERE.
Read more about the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development HERE.