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UN Launches Initiative to Improve Road Safety Worldwide

Published on April 15, 2018
UN has launched a Road Safety Trust Fund to address traffic-related injuries and deaths in the developing countries.

UN Launches Initiative to Improve Road Safety Worldwide
  • With some 1.3 million drivers, passengers and pedestrians dying each year on the world’s roads, the United Nations took a major step to address this tragedy.
  • The launch of this fund was announced at the UN General Assembly where the Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed highlighted the opportunities offered by the UN Road Safety Trust Fund.
  • The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on road safety in which it called for a host of measures to prevent road accidents and to minimize the resulting damage.

Trust Fund

  • The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is the Organisation's development arm in the continent.
  • UNECE is the secretariat for the Trust Fund. 
  • According to the UNECE, every $1,500 contributed to the Fund could save one life, prevent 10 serious injuries and leverage $51,000 towards investments in road safety.
  • The Trust Fund will support efforts along the five pillars of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety.
  • These include strengthened road safety management capacities, improved safety of road infrastructure and broader transport networks, enhanced safety of vehicles, improved behaviour of road users and improved post-crash care.
  • The Road Safety Trust Fund will serve as a catalyst for much-needed progress towards the road safety targets of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Dealing specifically with road safety, SDG targets 3.6 and 11.2 aim to halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents; and to provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems as well as improve road safety for all, respectively.
  • The Trust Fund has the potential to galvanize the global efforts to address the road safety situation. 


The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe was established in 1947 to encourage economic cooperation among its member States. Its parent organization is the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It is one of five regional commissions under the administrative direction of United Nations headquarters. It has 56 member States, and it reports to the ECOSOC. It has its headquarters located in Geneva, Switzerland.

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