1 September 2020: Governments around the world commit to halving road traffic deaths and injuries during a new decade of action.
The UN General Assembly has adopted resolution A/74/L.86 “Improving global road safety”, proclaiming the Second Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030, with the ambitious target of preventing at least 50% of road traffic deaths and injuries by 2030.
iRAP will continue to play a key role in planning for the next plan of action alongside the UN Road Safety Collaboration and partners.
The Second Decade of Action for Road Safety will continue to reinforce 12 Global Road Safety Performance Targets, including Target 3: All new roads to be 3-star or better and Target 4: >75% of travel on the equivalent of 3-star or better for all by 2030.
The resolution also endorses the Stockholm Declaration, approved during the Third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety held in February 2020, and encourages Member States to favour policies to promote walking, cycling and using public transport as inherently healthy and environmentally sound modes of transport.
“In a post-pandemic world, we must take the opportunity of these unprecedented times to reimagine mobility, to make it safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable,” notes Dr Etienne Krug, WHO Director of the Department of Social Determinants of Health. “Road safety is at the heart of making this vision a reality.”
The Second Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 provides an opportunity for harnessing the successes and lessons of previous years and building upon them to save lives on the world’s roads and facilitate achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
iRAP has a number of resources available to support the next decade of action, including:
- Ten-Step Plan for Safer Road Infrastructure (document and webinar resources)
- iRAP Star Ratings of NACTO-GDCI’s Global Street Design Guide
- Global infrastructure KPIs support Action Plans to achieve 2nd Decade Goals
- Vaccines for Roads – iRAP’s Big Data Tool
- iRAP Training opportunities
UN General Assembly resolution “Improving global road safety” A/74/L.86
12 Global Road Safety Performance Targets
Global status report on road safety 2018
Sustainable Development Goals
FIA Foundation blog on the Second Decade of Action announcement