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The Journal for Employee Protection
The Journal for Employee Protection
Government ministers and senior officials from over 100 countries will meet in Stockholm, Sweden from 19-20 February to discuss new steps to halve road traffic deaths and injuries by 2030, in line with global targets agreed in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“The fact that an estimated 1.35 million lives are lost every year due to road traffic collisions is an outrage. It is an unacceptable price to pay for mobility”
said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General at the World Health Organization (WHO).
Road traffic injuries are now the leading cause of
death for children and young adults aged 5 to 29 years, according to WHO’s most
status report on road safety.
More than half of all road traffic deaths occur
among pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. The risk of a road traffic death
remains three times higher in low-income countries than in high-income
countries. Moreover, as many as 50 million people experience non-fatal road
injuries, which impose human suffering and major economic losses.
“Most road traffic deaths and injuries can be
prevented, using tried and tested strategies,” added Dr Tedros. “This
conference is an opportunity for the world to embrace a new agenda to radically
reduce the number of lives lost on our roads and re-think how we can provide
access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for
Many countries have already made progress through
effective road safety management and focusing on better legislation and
enforcement around key risks such as speeding; drinking and driving, and failing
to use seatbelts. They have also improved infrastructure through measures such
as safer sidewalks and dedicated lanes for cyclists; implemented vehicle
standards such as those that mandate advanced braking and electronic stability
control; and enhanced post-crash care.
Improvements have occurred when a number of sectors
have been involved – including transport, health, urban planning and law
enforcement, among others. Success has also depended mainly on strong
leadership and political will at the highest level of government and in close
collaboration with civil society and the private sector.
Hosted by the Government of Sweden in collaboration
with WHO, the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety
offers delegates an opportunity to share successes and lessons learned, chart
future strategic directions for global road safety, and define ways to
fast-track progress around proven strategies to save lives.
The Stockholm Declaration will be presented as the
final outcome document of the Ministerial Conference calling for strong
political will and international cooperation as well as partnerships across
many sectors of society. The Declaration will lay out key recommendations for
accelerated action to drive progress towards halving global road traffic deaths
and injuries by 2030.
Beyond preventing human suffering and major
economic losses, addressing road traffic deaths and injuries has positive
impact across all aspects of society and development ─ including those linked
to environment, climate change, education, employment, energy, poverty, human
rights and equality ─ as outlined in the SDG targets.
The World Health Organisation work on building a better and healthier future for people all over the world.
With 194 Member States that span across six regions.
Staff within the 150 offices share the commitment to achieve better health for everyone, everywhere.
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