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iRAP and Towards Zero Foundation have been successful in the submission of a now-published T20 policy brief to support G20 leaders to achieve the SDGs for road safety in their countries.

Think20 (T20) is an official engagement group of the G20 for research and policy advice. It serves as an “idea bank” for the Group of Twenty Countries (G20) by bringing together think tanks and high-level experts to discuss policy issues relevant to the G20. T20 recommendations are synthesised into policy briefs and presented to G20 working groups, ministerial meetings and the leaders’ summit to help the G20 deliver concrete policy measures.

T20 Policy Brief: Achieving the SDGs for Road Safety in G20 Countries

Jessica Truong, Secretary General, Towards Zero Foundation, UK
David Ward, Executive President, Towards Zero Foundation, UK
Rob McInerney, Chief Executive Officer, International Road Assessment Programme, Australia
Greg Smith, Global Programme Director, International Road Assessment Programme, Australia

Road trauma is the largest killer of young people worldwide, and more than 100,000 people are killed or injured on the world’s roads each day. Significantly, road injury prevention has been included in the Sustainable Development Goals. The global mandate to improve road safety is especially critical for the G20 countries, which account for 59 percent of global road traffic fatalities and include some of the world’s best and worst performing countries. A lack of application of minimum safety standards for vehicles and roads contribute greatly to road trauma and many G20 countries are still far from best practice. It is recommended that the G20 countries implement minimum safety regulations for all new and used vehicles and new and existing roads and infrastructure according to the recommendations articulated in the United Nations Global Road Safety Performance Targets and the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030.

India holds the Presidency of the G20 and T20 in 2023 and the below video showcases the highlights of the T20 Summit held last month. These include the release of 135+ publications in three languages, 250 published policy briefs and finalised recommendation statements of seven taskforces for G20 leaders’ consideration.

Nineteen (19) countries are included in the Group of Twenty (G20) – Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Türkiye, United Kingdom and United States – and the European Union.

For more information on the human and economic impact of traffic crashes in G20 countries, how safe their roads are, and the Business Case for Safer Roads, visit the iRAP Safety Insights Explorer at

For more information on the T20 and Summit outcomes, click here.

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