IRF Road Safety Challenge for Africa
Starts: Wednesday, 11 March, 2015 06:00am
Ends: Thursday, 12 March, 2015 01:00pm
General Assembly resolution 64/2551 of March 2010 proclaimed 2011–2020 the Decade of Action for road safety, with a global goal of stabilizing and then reducing the forecasted level of global road fatalities by increasing activities conducted at national, regional and global levels. Resolution 64/255, requested the World Health Organization and the United Nations regional commissions, in cooperation with the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) and other stakeholders, to prepare a Plan of Action for the Decade as a guiding document to support the implementation of its objectives. In addition, the resolution 64/255 invited the World Health Organization and the United Nations regional commissions to coordinate regular monitoring, within the framework of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration, of global progress towards meeting the targets identified in the plan of action through global status reports on road safety and other appropriate monitoring tools.
Each year nearly 1.3 million people die as a result of a road traffic collision - more than 3000 deaths each day - and more than half of these people are not travelling in a car. Twenty to fifty million more people sustain non-fatal injuries from a collision, and these injuries are an important cause of disability worldwide. 91% percent of road traffic deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, which claim less than half the world's registered vehicle fleet. Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among young people for people aged 15-29 years. Unless immediate and effective action is taken, road traffic crashes are predicted to result in the deaths of around 1.9 million people annually by 2020 (Global status Report 2013).
Road traffic injuries can be prevented. With this initiative, IRF wishes to keep Road Safety high in the agenda, encourage concrete, measurable implementation, and launch a debate on the issue of data and the importance of monitoring and evaluation. Good quality data are the foundation of any targeted road safety approach.