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In August 2020, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 74/299 “Improving global road safety”, proclaiming the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030, with the ambitious target of preventing at least 50% of road traffic deaths and injuries by 2030. WHO and the UN regional commissions, in cooperation with other partners in the UN Road Safety Collaboration, are currently developing a Plan of Action for the Decade for consideration by Member States and other stakeholders.

The Plan of Action will align with the Stockholm Declaration, which emphasizes the importance of a holistic approach to road safety, and calls on continued improvements in the design of roads and vehicles; enhancement of laws and law enforcement on behavioural risks such as speeding and drinking and driving; and provision of timely, life-saving emergency care for the injured.

This new Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 provides an opportunity for harnessing the successes and lessons of previous years and building upon them to save more lives. The Plan of Action is set to be released during the 6th UN Global Road Safety Week to be held from 17-23 May 2021.

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