UN Proclaims Decade of Road Safety Action
Tomorrow, the United Nations General Assembly is expected to declare an historic Decade of Action for Road Safety from 2011 to 2020 – aimed at saving five million lives over the next 10 years.
The UN General Assembly’s 64th Session will debate a resolution to proclaim the Decade of Road Safety and prepare an action plan to implement its objectives in consultation with the world motoring body, the FIA.
The historic declaration follows the first-ever Global Ministerial Summit for Road Safety held in Moscow last November, attended by governments from around the world, which endorsed the establishment of a global governmental framework for road safety.
Regrettably, the Australian Government had no political representation at the Moscow Summit.
Australia’s peak motoring organisation, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), welcomed the anticipated UN declaration and called on Australian governments to actively work towards bringing down the national road fatality rate through the development of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020.
AAA Chief Executive, Mike Harris, said Australia’s motoring clubs have campaigned tirelessly for road safety for many years.
“It is incredibly rewarding to know that this hard work is now being backed by the United Nations,” Mr Harris said.
“AAA and constituent motoring clubs are committed to working with the Federal and State governments so that Australia plays its part this historic global effort. We encourage the Australian Government to actively support this resolution in the United Nations.”
FIA President, Jean Todt, said tomorrow’s resolution calls on the UN to prepare a Plan of Action for the Decade of Road Safety, and for member states to implement activities, particularly in the areas of road safety management, road infrastructure, vehicle safety and road user behaviour.
“The member states will also be invited to set their own national road traffic casualty reduction targets to be achieved by 2020 – the Australian Automobile Association will be playing an active role in this process,” he said.
“With the Decade of Action in place, we are now ready to work towards saving five million lives by 2020 by promoting safer roads, safer vehicles and safer road users.”