Governments call on WHO and partners to support achievement of global road safety targets

On 15 April 2016, the UN General Assembly and its Member States adopted a resolution to improve global road safety. The resolution, which was tabled by the Government of the Russian Federation, was co-sponsored by 55 governments. 

Resolution A/70/L.44 reaffirms the adoption and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for road safety, outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. SDG target 3.6 is to reduce global road traffic deaths and injuries by 50% by 2020, and SDG target 11.2 is to provide access to safe, affordable, accessible, sustainable transport systems for all by 2030. 

The resolution acknowledges the importance of these targets and identifies action to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries as a pressing development priority. It also endorses the outcome document of the second Global High-level Conference on Road Safety, held in Brazil in November 2015, namely the "Brasilia Declaration on Road Safety". 

Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020

The resolution renews the call for governments to lead the activities of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020. In line with the Global Plan for the Decade of Action, Member States are invited to adopt comprehensive legislation on key risk factors, including speeding, drinking and driving, failure to use motorcycle helmets, seat-belts and child restraints, improving the safety of vehicles and roads, and strengthening emergency trauma care for victims of road traffic crashes. Targeted social marketing campaigns to raise awareness and change road user behaviour are also requested. 

Monitoring progress on road safety targets

The resolution requests WHO, in collaboration with partners, to support countries in preparing indicators and targets and to continue monitoring progress towards achievement of the goal of the Decade of Action through global status reports.

In the WHO European Region, the "European facts and the global status report on road safety 2015" indicates that, whereas good progress is being made, with a fall of 3% per year in the number of road deaths, the rate should be scaled up markedly if the SDG target of a 50% reduction is to be met by 2020.