UN launches Road Safety Trust Fund to improve road safety worldwide

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.

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.

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. 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. One of the measures of the resolution advocates the need of action to implement vehicle safety regulations.

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