At the International Transport Forum (ITF) in Leipzig, on 23 May 2019, Vision Zero and the Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety where in focus.
Road safety is one element of a sustainable society, and Swedish road safety efforts are based on the Vision Zero concept. Vision Zero is the long-term goal that no one should be killed or seriously injured in the transport system, and that the transport system must be gradually adapted to this.
Vision Zero – adapted to people
The goal of Swedish policy is for the number of deaths in the road transport sector to be halved between 2007–2020, with the number of people who are seriously injured reduced by one quarter. The Vision Zero concept is an ambitious and visionary objective, which also entails a systemic change in Swedish road safety efforts. Vision Zero means that the traffic system is adapted to people, rather than inducing people to adapt to the traffic system. In September 2016, the Government adopted a comprehensive policy document for future road safety efforts – a new start for Vision Zero. The Vision Zero approach has been adopted by countries and cities around the world.
Session hosted by the Swedish Minister for Infrastructure
Minister for Infrastructure Tomas Eneroth. Foto: International Transport Forum/OECD 2019
At this year’s high-level International Transport Forum (ITF) in Leipzig, the Ministry of Infrastructure organized a session about the Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, hosted by Minister for Infrastructure Tomas Eneroth, “Drafting guidelines for global road safety up to 2030 – in preparation for the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety”.
The focus was a jointly discussing on the challenges and needs, the upcoming conference in February 2020 and how continued road safety work should be conducted up to 2030.
Finding synergies and collaboration important
The participants in the session welcomed the upcoming ministerial on road safety. The found that the Decade of Action for road safety has delivered a lot of positive outcomes, even if the initial goal ambition hasn’t been met. Further they supported the proposed attempt to find and use synergies between road traffic safety and other policy areas in the UN 2030 agenda. The importance of regional collaboration was stressed by many of the participants.
In the conversation attended:
Karla Gonzalez Carvajal (Manager for Europe and Lead Manager for the Gender Agenda in the Transport Sector, World Bank) and Abdelkader Amara (Morocco Minister of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water), David Ward (President and Chief Executive Officer, Toward Zero Foundation) and Emma Maclennan (Director General of the Eastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport)