From 17-20 February, iRAP joined minister-led delegations from more than 140 countries and 1,700 representatives from industry, research and international road safety organisations in Stockholm for the 3rd Ministerial Conference on Road Safety and associated side events on Achieving Global Goals by 2030.

iRAP CEO Rob McInerney supported the Ministerial Steering Committee in shaping the global conference.

It was a jam-packed week with a key focus on how countries can achieve UN Targets 3 and 4 to save 450,000 lives by 2030 with 3-star or better road infrastructure for all road users. Highlights included:

  • Star Rating for Schools (SR4S) global launch at the Child Health Initiative “This is My Street Safe and Healthy Journeys for Children and Youth” Conference.
  • 2020 Innovation Workshop co-hosted by iRAP, the International Transport Forum and World Bank Global Road Safety Facility.
  • Launch of Vaccines for Roads V showcasing the tragic face and true extent of life-changing road crash injuries incurred every day.
  • Signing of MOUs with the Inter-American Development Bank and European Investment Bank to save lives in Latin America, Europe and the world.
  • Presentations and mentions at the 3rd Ministerial Conference on Road Safety:
    – CEO Rob McInerney’s presentation in the “Designing Roads for Safety” session
    – EuroRAP Secretary General’s Lina Konstantinopoulou’s presentation in the session on “After the Stockholm Declaration – What Next?”
    – World Youth Assembly advocate Raquel Barrios’ demand for 3-star or better roads to protect and save young lives in the Ministerial Closing Address.
    – UN Special Envoy for Road Safety Jean Todt’s proclamation that “killer roads are a waste of resources” in the Ministerial Closing Address.
  • Presentation of an iRAP Global Innovation Award to Sweden for their 2+1 with wire rope median road design innovation.
  • SR4S demonstrations at the 2nd World Youth Assembly for Road Safety, the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety People’s Exhibition in Stockholm Central Station and the FIA Delegation Meeting.
  • CEO Rob McInerney’s panel participation in the Road Safety Benchmarking and Regional Road Safety Observatories High Level Meeting.
  • EuroRAP Secretary General Lina Konstantinopoulou’s presentation at the FEVR in Cities event.
  • Full-day Workshop of iRAP’s Global Technical Committee (GTC). Model development and the technical integrity of iRAP protocols worldwide is overseen by the GTC. The committee reports directly to the iRAP Board and is comprised of experts from leading road safety organisations and research agencies from around the world. They ensure that the latest road safety research is included and that the model is consistently applied.

The Stockholm Declaration presented by the Swedish Minister for Infrastructure, Tomas Eneroth, as the outcome document of the Ministerial Conference now takes us forward to 2030. The Declaration calls for, among other things, separation of vulnerable road users from high-speed traffic, increased investment in safer road infrastructure, and where investment in better roads is lacking, the reduction of speeds.

The Ministerial Conference High Level Panels and concurrent sessions were webcast live from Stockholm and can be viewed here.

iRAP media releases issued in association with the 2020 Innovation Workshop and 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety side events include: