iRAP’s 2020 Innovation Workshop, co-hosted with the International Transport Forum and World Bank Global Road Safety Facility will be held in Stockholm from 17-18 February. As an official side event of the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, the event will bring together minister-led delegations to focus global priorities on achieving UN Road Safety Targets 3 and 4 to save lives.

The dynamic 1.5 day programme will bring together 70 global partners with a key role in shaping global action. Sessions will probe the global structure needed to deliver the 2030 targets, how to harness the power of big data to save lives, global planning and design standards, safer cities and journeys for vulnerable road users, and investment innovation.

iRAP CEO Rob McInerney said based on current trauma levels, an estimated 400 million people will be killed and injured on our roads by 2030.

“The UN Member States have agreed Global Road Safety Performance Targets that outline the priorities for safe system action through to 2030. Target 3 and Target 4 are focussed on road infrastructure and the safety of travel for all road users. These targets, if achieved, have the potential to save 467,000 lives a year and more than 100 million deaths and injuries over the life of the treatments. $8 of benefits will accrue for every $1 invested, “Mr McInerney said.

The Innovation Workshop will bring together leaders at the highest level of global and regional consultation, government, policy, financing, technology, infrastructure management, and data innovation to look at strategic ways that these significant benefits can be realised.

“With 68% of the world’s population projected to live in urban areas by 2050, the explosion of big data and artificial intelligence empowering new insights, innovative private sector partnerships and impact investment opportunities, and smart technologies packaging school and road design safety in accessible tools, the potential and demand to save lives and cut serious injury through global innovation has never been higher.

The 2020 iRAP Innovation Workshop is an invitation-only event. For more information:

Stockholm will be the mecca for road safety events from 17-20 February 2020. The theme of the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety is Achieving Global Goals 2030. The event is co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), and minister-led delegations from more than 80 countries are expected to attend. Representatives from the world of industry and research, international institutions and organizations will also participate. The Conference will be an opportunity for delegates to share successes and lessons from implementation of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020; chart future strategic directions for global road safety; and define ways to accelerate action on proven strategies to save lives. The Conference will also provide an opportunity to link road safety to other sustainability challenges.

See the calendar of other approved pre- and post- Ministerial events here.

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