The UN yesterday officially declared a Decade of Action for Road Safety, aimed to save five million lives globally over the next 10 years.
At the UN General Assembly’s 64th Session, delegates debated a resolution to proclaim the next 10 years a Decade of Action and prepare an action plan to implement its objectives.
The AASA said: “The Automobile Association of South Africa has tirelessly campaigned for road safety for many years. It is incredibly rewarding to know that this hard work is now being backed by the United Nations. “The AA is committed to working with the South African government so that South Africa plays its part in this global effort.”
The Federation Internationale des Automobiles (FIA) President Jean Todt said: “With the Decade of Action in place, the FIA and its members are proud of this important milestone achieved together with the FIA Foundation and the Make Roads Safe campaign. We are now ready to work towards saving five million lives by 2020, by promoting safer roads, safer vehicles and safer road users.”
The UN Resolution specifically notes the efforts of the FIA Foundation for its financial assistance to the World Bank Global Road Safety Facility and praises the advocacy work of the Make Roads Safe campaign. The resolution requests the UN to prepare a Plan of Action for the Decade and calls upon Member States to implement road safety activities, particularly in the areas of road safety management, road infrastructure, vehicle safety and road user behaviour.
They are also invited to set their own national road traffic casualty reduction targets to be achieved by the end of the Decade, in line with the Plan of Action. The AA intends to play an active role this process.
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