World leaders challenged to achieve global road safety goals come 2030

26Feb 2020
Crispin Gerald
The Guardian
World leaders challenged to achieve global road safety goals come 2030

​​​​​​​GOVERNMENTS across the world have been challenged to put in place plans for sustainable mobility to ensure the global goals on road safety 2030 are effectively achieved.

World Health Organisation (WHO) director general Tedros Ghebreyesus.

This means initiating measures that are needed to improve all forms of transport that benefit the people and the climate, with an increase focus on walking, cycling and public transport.  

World Health Organisation (WHO) director general Tedros Ghebreyesus made the remarks recently in Stockholm, Sweden that the plans are essential for making roads safer for road users who are mostly exposed to road crashes.

He said, the low and middle income countries including Tanzania, are also in a position to improve the costly mistakes made in the past by the higher income countries, with right leaders; transport systems can be improved in order to reduce reliance on other,” he explained.

“It is only when countries will invest in safe measures and implement best practices to enhance road safety that we can walk, cycling and use other means of transportation as viable,” he said.

He added that collaboration is also needed to end this scourge of preventable deaths. Leaders from transport infrastructure and others must all be part of the solution to end this challenge that affects the development.

The WHO Chief made the remarks during the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety which took place last week in Stockholm, Sweden that offered a valuable opportunity to delegates to chart out new strategies for reducing road traffic fatalities towards the 2030 global goals for road safety.  

“As we have come to an end of the United Nations Decade of Action for road safety 2011-2020, there are several countries and cities that have achieved significant results, for instance in 2010-2018 road traffic deaths decline by one fifth in the European Union (EU) and by one third in the Russian federation.

“However, despite the significant global achievement, there is a more to be done; we must have a global movement and strong foundation to establish the success of the decade of action.

“Political will is needed at highest level of government in order to achieve this, both by investing in evidence based intervention to make roads safe and stimulate society with best modes of transport that are better for health and environment,” he insisted.

According to him, international agencies, civil society organisations (CSOs), private sector and the government should work together to fast track the interventions towards safer roads.

Themed; achieving global goals 2030, the conference brought on board 1700 delegates from more than 140 countries, including ministers, senior officials from United Nations agencies and representatives from civil society, academia and the private sector.

In their joint statement, the global network for road safety legislators, said Parliamentarians worldwide support the integration of road injury prevention with policies promoting sustainable development such as speed limits which will both reduce casualties and vehicle emissions by prioritizing non-motorized transport.

“We will take measure to improve road safety and integrate it into sustainable mobility and transport infrastructure planning and design,” they stated.