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The Vision Zero and Innovation Workshop was held 28-29 November 2018 at the Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington DC. Hosted by iRAP, the IDB and the World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities (WRI), the event attracted nearly 190 delegates, with an additional 105 individuals and groups linking by live webcast globally.

The 2018 event in iRAP’s annual Innovation Workshop series, focused on Global action to achieve the UN Road Safety Targets. Over 1.3 million people are killed on the world’s roads every year. More than 30 million suffer life-changing injuries. Based on current trauma levels an estimated 400 million people will be killed or injured between now and 2030. To the individuals, friends and families involved there is only one acceptable vision – Vision Zero – where no one is killed or injured.

As part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the global community established Goal 3.6 to halve the number of deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes by 2020. Twelve new Global Road Safety Performance Targets have been agreed by UN Member States. The Sustainable Mobility for All initiative includes a global tracking framework to ensure equitable, efficient, safe and green mobility of goods and people. The metrics for success have been established and catalytic action and impact is now called for as part of the establishment of the UN Road Safety Trust Fund.

The Vision Zero and Innovation Workshop brought together leading partners from around the world to showcase ambitious innovations shaping the present and future and to discuss how we can work together to achieve the UN Road Safety Targets and measure success. From Street View to big data and the internet of things, safer city streets to strategic highway safety, impact investment to insurance models for a safer future – the latest global innovations in road safety technology, financing, design, planning and transport delivery to save lives were showcased.

Event Communique

Reflections on the event can be viewed in the Event Communique here.

Programme and Presentations

The two-day programme included plenary addresses and interactive workshops focussed on Safer Cities, Vision Zero and iRAP Innovation, Policy Leadership and the UN Targets, Road Safety Metrics and the Road Safety Observatories, Big Data and Innovation Partnerships for the Future, Safer Roads by Policy and Design, and Health, Insurance and Road Safety Investment Innovation. Global case studies of success were featured, including from China, Latin America, UK, Los Angeles, Bogota and Mexico.

Copies of the workshop presentations are linked below:

Session 1 – Vision Zero Innovation

Session 2 – Safe Cities Interactive Workshop

Session 3 –Towards Zero: Case Studies of Success

PANEL: From Countries to Cities to Corporates – Where Will Vision Zero Start and How Can it be Expanded?
Veronica Vanterpool, Vision Zero Network and Matts Ake-Belin, Trafikverket joining session presenters

Session 4 – Global Road Safety Performance Tracking

Session 5 – Road Safety Big Data Workshop

Session 6 – Safe Cities and Roads by Policy and Design

Session 7 – Policy Leadership and Vision Zero

Session 8 – Health, Insurance and Investment Innovation & Closing

PANEL: How do we Scale Up for Success to Achieve the UN Targets and Reach Vision Zero?
Néstor Roa, IDB; Soames Job, World Bank; Eugenia Rodrigues, PAHO and Natalie Draisin, FIA Foundation joining session presenters

Speakers bios

Speakers bios (if supplied) can be found here.

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