Sweden to host a global ministerial conference on road safety in 2020

Sweden is to host the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety on 19–20 February 2020. The theme of the conference 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 up to 2030 and beyond: 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.

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Global Status Report on Road Safety

2018-12-07: Launched by the World Health Organization in December 2018, the report highlights that the number of annual road traffic deaths has reached 1.35 million.
Global status report on road safety 2018 (WHO´s web site)

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Road safety – for Sustainable Development

Road safety issues, their consequences and possible solutions, are included in the 2030 Agenda and are closely linked to other sustainability challenges, such as climate change, health, equality, poverty and human rights. For this reason, the conference will include themes that relate to several aspects of sustainability, all of which contribute to reducing the number of road traffic fatalities.
Read more about the Global goals (other website)

Decade of Action

Every year there are 1.35 million road traffic fatalities globally. This not only causes human suffering, but also major economic losses. In a vigorous effort to prevent this, world leaders gathered in Moscow in 2009 to declare 2011–2020 a Decade of Action for Road Safety.

In 2015, a follow-up conference was held in Brasilia. The decade is coming to an end and, in April 2018, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution that designated Sweden as the host of the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety.

The Decade of Action has encouraged action at all levels of society, but the focus is primarily national and local. Five pillars have been established to guide the efforts of national and local governments:

  • Road safety management
  • Safer roads and mobility
  • Safer vehicles
  • Safer road users
  • Post-crash response