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Together with UNECE on the Road to Safety

Cutting Road Traffic Deaths and Injuries in Half by 2020

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Roughly 1.25 million people die each year around the world in traffic accidents. This report covers goals set by the United Nations Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety, introduced in 2011. It provides a comprehensive overview, including the status and key results of its goals, as well as descriptions of specific UNECE Inland Transport Committee initiatives and information on the challenges the road safety community faces. The main conclusion is that political will, and the introduction and use of national strategies are likely to be the difference makers in halving the number of deaths and injuries by 2020. The path to road safety is a personal, societal and an organizational obligation as a joint responsibility outlined in this publication.

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Preface

Since 1947, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Inland Transport Committee (ITC) has been busy working as the “invisible hand”, applying myriad courses of action and tools to enhance road safety. In particular, it has supported the development of global and regional conventions, facilitated policy dialogue, conducted analytical work and provided capacity-building and technical assistance. While it may not be widely known, essentially all of the groundwork for road safety is founded on United Nations international conventions and agreements that seek to harmonize both basic and complex practices. These conventions are hosted by UNECE ITC.

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