UN Road Safety Collaboration charts progress in the Decade nearly one year after launch

The 15th meeting of the UN Road Safety Collaboration was hosted by WHO and the World Bank on 16-17 April in Washington DC in the context of 2012 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and The World Bank Group. Keynote speaker David Strickland, Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the United States, provided an overview of progress in the country on the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. The Decade was a key agenda item, and updates were made on both global and national efforts to implement the Global Plan for the Decade, nearly one year since its launch in May 2011.

During the meeting considerable progress was made on finalizing the project group work plans for each pillar of the Global Plan, as well as further refining indicators for monitoring progress on each. National Decade focal points from Ghana and the Philippines shared progress and the challenges they face in implementing their national Decade plans. They invited the international community to continue advocating for increased action at national level across various sectors of society.

Funding for the Decade also featured on the agenda with updates from the Road Safety Fund, the Multilateral Development Banks' Road Safety Initiative, and the Global Road Safety Facility.

Decisions were also taken with regard to preparations for the Second UN Global Road Safety Week to be hosted in 2013 on the theme of pedestrian safety.

Three new members were admitted to the Collaboration during the meeting: FIA, FIM and the Nigeria Road Federal Safety Corps.

The 16th UN Road Safety Collaboration meeting will be held in Geneva in November 2012.