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We love the new Global Plan! If you missed the Launch of the Global Plan for the Second Decade of Action for Road Safety on Thursday 28 October it’s not too late to hear how safer road infrastructure will help to halve global road deaths and injuries by 2030.

The Plan was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Regional Commissions, in cooperation with partners in the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration and other stakeholders.

It outlines the “what to do, how to do it and who to do it” to achieve the 12 Global Road Safety Performance Targets, calling on governments and partners to implement the Safe Systems Approach in the creation and implementation of strategies and programmes for road safety, sustainable mobility and urban design.

Safe road infrastructure is a key focus of the Plan, alongside safe road use, safe vehicles, multimodal transport and land-use planning, and post-crash response.

During the Launch, Dr Nhan Tran, Coordinator of Unintentional Injury at the World Health Organisation profiled safe road infrastructure of one of 5 areas of action, emphasizing the importance of standards and designs to ensure 3-star roads that are safe for all road users (see 19:00 minute mark).

Lord George Robertson, Chairman of the Commission for Global Road Safety said he was proud of the initiatives the FIA Foundation has supported like iRAP, Global NCAP and our safe schools partnerships (see 56:50 minute mark)

“As we begin the Second Decade of Action, all governments must step up with real commitments to provide minimum 3-star safety design standards for all highways, to support Streets for Life and low-speed liveable cities and to ensure that every child has a safe and healthy journey to school,” Lord Robertson said.

In September 2020, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/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.

The Global Plan aligns with the Stockholm Declaration, by emphasizing the importance of a holistic approach to road safety, and calling on continued improvements in the design of roads and vehicles; enhancement of laws and law enforcement; and provision of timely, life-saving emergency care for the injured. The Global Plan also reflects the Stockholm Declaration’s promotion of policies to promote walking, cycling and using public transport as inherently healthy and environmentally sound modes of transport.

iRAP looks forward to supporting partners and governments as they draw on the Global Plan to develop and implement national and local action plans to halve global road deaths and injuries by 2030.

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