United Nations’ Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on April 12, 2018 announced the launch of the ‘UN Road Safety Trust Fund’ to stimulate action that can save lives and prevent injuries and sufferings associated with road accidents.
While highlighting the opportunities that will be offered by the UN Road Safety Trust Fund, Amina Mohammed drew attention to the fact that over 1.3 million drivers, passengers and pedestrians die each year on the roads.
The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the development arm of the UN in Europe, is designated as the Secretariat for the Trust Fund.
A contribution of USD 1500 to the fund could help save one life and prevent 10 serious injuries. These contributions, once compiled, will help in leveraging aid of USD 51000 towards investments in road safety.
UN Road Safety Trust Fund to serve as medium to achieve SDG Targets 3.6 and 11.2
The fund will serve as a medium for achieving desirable progress towards the road safety targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
SDG Targets 3.6 and 11.2 seek to lessen the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents and aim to provide access to safe, affordable and sustainable transport systems and improved road safety for all, respectively.
Fund’s role in galvanising efforts towards Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020
The fund will also support the five pillars of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. These five pillars are:
• Strengthened road safety management capacities
• Improved safety of road infrastructure and broader transport networks
• Enhanced safety of vehicles
• Improved behaviour of road users
• Improved post-crash care.
UN General Assembly adopts resolution on road safety
• On the same occasion, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on road safety, sponsored by Russia, which is aimed at preventing road accidents and minimising the resulting damage.
• One of the measures of the resolution advocates the need of action to implement vehicle safety regulations.
• The vehicle safety regulations ensure that the new motor vehicles meet minimum requirements for the protection of occupants and other road users with measures like seat belts, airbags, etc.