Political Will, Funding Necessary To Improve Global Road Safety

Devex: Opinion: The path out of poverty requires investment in road safety
Lord Robertson, chair of the FIA Foundation and member of the U.K. House of Lords

“A new United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund announced last week offers the international community a chance to address the lack of resources that has undermined efforts to end road deaths. … Without political focus and, crucially, unprecedented financing we are destined to fall short of [the Sustainable Development Goal target to halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents] and fail the legacy of the hundreds of millions of people already affected by violence on the roads. … The new U.N. fund provides an opportunity to galvanize and coordinate the cross-sector investment which is urgently needed to combat this public health epidemic. Donations to the fund can help unlock new government and municipal funding, catalyzing road safety action across the globe, and refocus national road safety budgets toward proven safe system interventions. … [N]ow is the moment for development partners to come together and scale up global efforts to address the road safety situation, building on the progress that has already been made…” (4/23).