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1 Call for a Decade of Action for Road Safety Presentation by David Ward Director General of the FIA Foundation UN Road Safety Collaboration, Geneva, November 17 th 2008

2 World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention Published by the WHO & World Bank in 2004 the report warns that 1.2 million deaths and 50 million injuries occur annually on the road, and will more than double by The report also... Shows that low and middle income countries account for more than 80% of global deaths from road traffic crashes. Identifies key injury risk factors (non use of seat belts, helmets, excessive speed, drink driving, and poor road infrastructure); Calls for greater international effort to reverse trend of rising RTIs; Recommends national prevention strategies based on a lead agency responsible for developing a multi-sectoral safe systems approach.

3 The Safety Systems Approach Three components in a dynamic system: The road user The motor vehicle The road infrastructure Rather than blaming the victim for causing crashes, the risk of human error is anticipated and tolerated by a forgiving system that has been designed to ensure that the consequences of human error are non fatal as far as possible. The design challenge is to manage loss of control of kinetic energy within tolerances survivable by the human body.

4 Rank DeathsCauseProportion of total (%) 1Ischaemic heart disease12.6 2Cerebrovascular disease9.7 3Lower respiratory infections6.9 4HIV/AIDS4.8 5Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease4.8 6Perinatal conditions4.3 7Diarrhoeal diseases3.3 8Tuberculosis2.7 9Trachea, bronchus, lung cancers2.2 10Road traffic injuries2.1 11Diabetes mellitus1.7 12Malaria1.6 Twelve Leading Causes of Mortality, 2002

5 International Action on Malaria Abuja Action Plan 2000 UN Decade to Roll Back Malaria Global Fund launched by G8 and US $2.8 billion funding approved to date. UN Special Envoy for Malaria

6 DALYS in Developing Countries (Children Age 5-14)

7 Make Roads Safe Report Key Recommendations: A $300 million, 10 year Action Plan to promote multi-sector national road safety capacity building in low and middle income countries should be funded by donor governments and private sources and managed by the World Bank Global Road Safety Facility; At a minimum 10% of all road infrastructure projects should be committed to road safety design, rating and assessment and community wide initiatives; A Ministerial Conference on Global Road Safety should be held in 2008 to review implementation of the World Report recommendations;

8 Global Advocacy Effort Copies of the Make Roads Safe report and follow up dialogue and meetings have targeted the following: Leaders of the G8 major industrialised nations Multilateral Lending Banks Bilateral donors Regional intergovernmental bodies (APEC, EU etc) UN agencies and regional commissions Transport Ministers Road Safety and development NGOs etc. To support these efforts the Commission has prepared summary reports, presentations and film materials.

9 Russian Federation Offers to Host UN Ministerial In 2006 Lord Robertson visited Moscow to attend the AGM of the Global Road Safety Partnership and meet with Vice Premier Alexander Zhukov. Following further discussions with General Viktor Kyrianov and HE Ambassador Yuri Fedotov in September 2007 the Russian Federation offers to host the proposed UN Ministerial in Moscow in November 2009.

10 Launch of Global Petition The Make Roads Safe campaign is launched to obtain over 1 million signatures to be presented to the UN Secretary General in The petition campaign is launched by Michael Schumacher during the first UN Global Road Safety Week in April Campaign events are held in London, Geneva, Berlin, Cape Town, Paris, St Petersburg, Kampala, and New York. Archbishop Desmond Tutu is joined by President Oscar Arias, and former President Jimmy Carter as three Nobel prize winners backing the campaign. Other supporters include the former Irish President Mary Robinson, Tony Blair, musicians, Sports stars and the film actress Michelle Yeoh.

11 Petition Target Reached The target to reach one million signatures is reached with major contributions from Clubs especially Austria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Egypt, Italy, India, Japan, Serbia, Jamaica and the Philippines. More than 140 organisations worldwide have supported the campaign. In March Lord Robertson presents the UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, with the petition.

12 General Assembly Approves UN Ministerial In March the UN General Assembly debates road safety and Lord Robertson, Ambassador Al Hinai, Karla Gonzalez, and General Kyrianov all contribute. Resolution 62/244 drafted by the Sultanate of Oman is unanimously approved which welcomes the offer by the Russian Federation to host the first high level (ministerial) conference on road safety. An open letter from Archbishop Tutu, President Oscar Arias, Jimmy Carter and others is published and a post debate briefing held including the campaigns global Ambassador Michelle Yeoh.

13 London Road Infrastructure Safety Conference at the EBRD In July the Commission co-hosted with the EBRD a major conference on road infrastructure safety. The meeting brought together the major lending banks, UN regional commissions etc. to discuss the potential of road design to contribute to injury prevention. The World Bank Global Road Safety Facility also hosted a meeting of the development banks to explore the scope of harmonizing their approach to the design and safety assessment of road projects that they finance. IRAP also launched their Vaccines for Roads report.

14 iRAP – Vaccines for Roads iRAP pilot projects in four countries show positive cost benefit ratios from Implementation of proposed counter measures.

15 OECD – International Transport Forum Towards Zero – Ambitious Road Safety Targets & the Safe System Approach Key Recommendations: Adopt a highly ambitious vision for road safety Set interim targets to move systematically towards the vision Develop a safe system approach Exploit proven interventions for early gains Conduct data collection and analysis Strengthen the road safety management system Accelerate knowledge transfer Invest in road safety Foster commitment at highest levels of government

16 St Petersburg September 2008 Meeting of the Commission for Global Road Safety Key Objectives: Review the Commissions original recommendations Prepare an update to the original Make Roads Safe report Provide a renewed set of recommendations for consideration by the forthcoming UN Ministerial in Moscow in November 2009

17 First Report - Impact Assessment Recommendation One – Action Plan Rating: 20% Recommendation Two – 10% Road Safety Investment in Road Projects Rating: 60% Recommendation Three – UN Ministerial Rating 100%

18 Agenda for Moscow Make A Decade of Action for Road Safety Support an action plan of $300 million to invest in capacity building in road injury prevention... Invest in safer roads by committing at least 10% of project finance to safe road assessment and design. Agree a global target to reduce road fatalities by 50% from their forecast level for 2020.


20 Next Steps Launch of follow up Make Roads Safe report at a major Conference in Rome on 5th May 2009 linked to the Italian Presidency of the G8 Launch also in Rome the Make Roads Safe documentary film with Michelle Yeoh which features visits to Asia, Africa and Latin America and will highlight the key messages of the Commissions reports. Focus the Make Roads Safe campaign on the theme of a decade of action to achieve a 50% reduction in forecast fatalities by 2020.

21 Thank You !

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