The General Assembly of United Nations on 12 April 2018 agreed a number of important steps to support road safety within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Actions agreed include

1. Acceptance of an offer by Sweden to host the 3rd High level Global Conference on Road safety (this follows on from the 1st Global conference in Moscow in 2009 and the 2nd Global conference in Brasilia in 2015).
2. Consensus on 12 Road safety targets aligned with the 5 pillars of the Global plan of the UN Decade of Action on Road Safety which will help countries in addressing their road safety issues.
3. Establishment of a new UN road safety trust fund which is expected to unlock sustainable sources of road safety financing in low and middle income countries. Funds may be as high as several US$ hundreds of millions per year. They will be used to strengthen capacity of national and local government agencies and city authorities to implement more effective road safety programmes in line with the 5 pillars identified under the UN Decade of Action.

There are still around 1.25 million fatalities and as many as 50 million injuries annually around the world. Road crashes are also now the leading cause of death for young people aged 15-29 years worldwide. At the current rate of progress, the Sustainable Development Goal target 3.6 (i.e. to halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes by 2020) will not be met.

Further detailed information can be found at the following links

UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/72/271

Global road safety performance targets

UN Road Safety Trust Fund

UN News about the trust fund

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