Global Road Safety Week 2017
Requested by the United Nations General Assembly, the Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week will be held from 8-14 May 2017. This Week will focus on speed management and what can be done to address this key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries. Therefore it launches action through the ongoing campaign: Save Lives - #SlowDown.
The #SlowDown campaign seeks to increase understanding of the dangers of speed and generate action on measures to address speed, thereby saving lives on the roads. It also calls for urgent action around speed management to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries by 50% by 2020; the target established in the Global Goals for Sustainable Development for the next 15 years (2030).
In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. A specific stand-alone target (3.6) in the Health Goal to reduce road traffic fatalities was adopted:
"By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents."
Our governments have set a very ambitious target to save lives on our roads, and it’s our job to make sure they stick to it. The #SlowDown campaign calls for urgent action around speed management to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries. The road safety target within the Global Goals is only going to work if we fight for it. A good start is to get involved!