The UN High-level Meeting on Global Road Safety (HLM) is now just days away! Thank you to all our partners for your efforts to raise it to the attention of your President/Prime Minister and Ministers, and share your national success. Partner efforts are helping to ensure the elimination of high-risk roads is priortised in countries and globally as we secure a Decade of Action and Delivery.
Many questions have been received and we provide the following update to support your planning. Our thanks to the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety for preparing much of this core information with some iRAP adaptation.
About the High-level Meeting
The High-level Meeting on Global Road Safety (HLM) will be held at the UN headquarters in New York on 30 June – 1 July 2022. Its theme will be The 2030 horizon for road safety: Securing a decade of action and delivery.
The HLM is organized under the leadership of the President of the UN General Assembly, to be attended by UN Member States’ Permanent Missions to the UN, Heads of State, and Ministers to push towards the achievement of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021–2030. Even if your Head of State or Minister is not attending in-person, they may have delegated to your country’s Mission in New York.
iRAP’s Call to Action
iRAP wrote to the Presidents and Prime Ministers of every country back in February to encourage them to actively participate in the Meeting, share their RAP success and implement the Global Plan for the Decade of Action 2021-2030. The letters were well received and circulated. Over 60 countries responded to share their plans and advocacy to ensure high-risk roads are prioritised at the highest level.
Download the iRAP letters here
The HLM was mandated in 2021, in UN resolution 74/299 Improving Global Road Safety that announced a new Decade of Action for Road Safety and the target to reduce road deaths and injures by 2030. The details of the session are set out in another UN resolution 75/308 Scope, Modalities, Format and Organization of the High-level Meeting on Improving Global Road Safety HERE.
Purpose of the HLM
The HLM will focus on addressing gaps and challenges, mobilizing political leadership, promoting multisectoral and multi-stakeholder collaboration, and assessing the progress made in attaining the objectives of the road safety-related targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Format of the HLM
The opening segment of the meeting will comprise of statements by the President of the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly, the UN Secretary-General, the Director General of the World Health Organization and the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety. A general stakeholders’ segment will then be held with statements by Member States and observers of the General Assembly followed by panel discussions around specific themes and a brief closing session with concluding remarks by the President of the General Assembly. Find the program HERE (page five of the Concept Note).
Opportunities for action and advocacy
The most significant impact that RAP partners can have is to support your Ministers and delegations to participate, shape their presented Statement and guide them on the need, potential and next steps to eliminate high-risk roads in your country after the event. The best way partners can use the HLM for advocacy is by leveraging national progress toward the 2030 targets.
Here are some actions that you can take:
Before the HLM
- Find out if your government is attending the HLM (Head of State, Minister, or your country’s Permanent Mission to the UN who is based in New York).
- If they are attending, encourage them to make a Statement at the HLM.
- In their Statement, encourage them to make specific commitments for evidence-based action and investment to eliminate high-risk roads (see iRAP’s letter to your Head of State for recommended content).
During the HLM
- iRAP CEO Rob McInerney and Global Projects Director Julio Urzua will be in attendance at the HLM to meet with Ministers and share the success and opportunities of safer roads for countries. Ministerial meetings with iRAP can be arranged during the event via Global Programme and Communications Manager Judy Williams by email [email protected]
- Watch the HLM, and in particular your government’s statement if they make one, on UN Web TV. Note that even if your Head of State or Minister is not attending, your country’s Permanent Mission to the UN might be.
- Note any commitments or promises made that can be followed up.
After the HLM
- Follow up on any commitments made in the statements. Support partners and governments as they draw on the Global Plan to develop and implement national and local action plans to eliminate high-risk roads.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How can I watch the HLM?
The HLM will be webcast live on UN Web TV HERE.
- Did my Head of State receive an invitation to the HLM?
There have been no formal invitation letters as the UN Resolution 74/299 Improving Global Road Safety is the formal invitation to all Member States. The President of the UN General Assembly issued an official letter sent to all permanent missions to the UN, which you can read HERE.
- How do Member States contact their Permanent Mission to the UN?
You can find the contact information of all the Permanent Missions in the UN Blue Book HERE.
- Can I go to the HLM?
A special accreditation process for NGOs was conducted in May 2022. Applications for accreditation have now closed and successful applications will be notified. The list of NGOs and other civil society organizations that have been accredited can be found HERE.
NGOs that are ECOSOC members can attend via their ECOSOC membership.
Note that the meeting is primarily aimed at Member States’ permanent missions to the UN, Heads of State, and Ministers. To register the attendance of Heads of State and/or Ministerial delegations, you are advised to contact your country’s Permanent Mission and advise delegation names. The Mission will then submit the list via the UN e-Delegate system and passes will be issued. For visa application support, contact your Foreign Embassy.
Attendance is organized via the UN President of the General Assembly’s office and WHO. iRAP is not involved in the process or selection.
- For NGOs, has my application for accreditation been accepted?
Check the link HERE to see if your organization is listed. Next steps should be listed in the email that you were sent regarding your accreditation. iRAP is not involved in the registration process and is therefore unable to provide visa support letters. We suggest that you contact the organizers via the email that you received regarding your accreditation.
- Can iRAP provide financial support for partners to attend?
There are no grants from iRAP to support partner attendance.
- Where can I find a programme for the HLM?
The HLM will comprise an opening segment, a plenary segment, up to three multi-stakeholder thematic panel discussions and a brief closing segment. The programme outline is available in the concept note HERE (page 5) and a detailed programme is expected to be released here prior to the meeting.
- Will the HLM result in a Political Declaration?
The President of the General Assembly is leading the preparation and negotiation of the Global Political Declaration. The strongest opportunities to influence policy and implementation at national levels are with your national governments, using the HLM to leverage. A concise and action-oriented declaration is being drafted and will be agreed in advance by consensus through intergovernmental negotiations, accepted at the HLM and submitted by the President for adoption by the UN General Assembly.
Further information about the HLM and iRAP’s Plan for the Decade
- Read more about the High-level Meeting HERE.
- Concept note for the HLM including agenda HERE.
- Find the UN resolution 74/299 Improving Global Road Safety HERE.
- Find the UN resolution 75/308 Scope, Modalities, Format and Organization of the High-level Meeting on Improving Global Road Safety HERE.
- See more on iRAP’s early HLM Call to Action HERE.
- Read how safer road infrastructure appears in the Global Plan and iRAP is supporting countries to eliminate high-risk roads HERE.
- See iRAP’s Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety HERE.