Decade of Action for Road Safety
Tackling a global problem
In March 2010, the UN proclaimed the period 2011-2020 as the Decade of Action for Road Safety, with a goal to stabilize and then reduce the forecast level of road traffic fatalities around the world.
Road death and injury is a global epidemic. Currently, 1.3 million people are killed on the worlds’ roads each year, with over 20 million injured. With global vehicle growth expected to double by 2020, taking no action on road danger is simply not an option. If this trend continues deaths are likely to reach near 2 million per year by 2020 and by 2030, it is expected that road deaths will outnumber those from malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/Aids at all ages.
You can read more about the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety, which sets out priorities for the forthcoming decade under 5 main ‘pillars’ here.
To mark the launch of this Decade of Action on May 11, 2011, RoadPeace, in association with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine organised an evening of talks which discussed the importance of embedding a road danger reduction approach into the Decade:
Saving people and planet
a road danger reduction approach for a safer fairer world
We heard from two of our Patrons, Professor Ian Roberts and Dr Mayer Hillman as well as Jenny Jones, London Assembly Member for the Green Party, Duncan Kay from the Sustainable Development Commisssion and Ashok Sinha from London Cycling Campaign who discussed the links between road danger reduction, public health and climate change, as well as visions for cities of the future.
More event details here.