Global ministerial conference on road safety to be held in Sweden

By Beatrice Obwocha

The 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety will be held in Sweden on February 19-20 this year.

Delegates attending the conference will among other road safety issues discuss the lessons from the Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020) and chart future strategic directions for global road safety up to 2030 and beyond.

Present to assess the progress made during the Decade of Action for Road Safety will be the Academic Expert Group. The AEG, which consists of a group of road safety experts, will also recommend targets for the next 10 years, and explain how they can be integrated in the 2030 agenda.

The Decade sought to save millions of lives by improving the safety of roads and vehicles, enhancing the behaviour of road user and improving emergency services.

The Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020 was officially proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in March 2010 following a successful first Global Ministerial Conference held in Russia in November 2009.

Ways to accelerate strategies to save lives and opportunities to link road safety to other sustainability challenges will also be discussed at the conference.

The conference, whose theme is “Achieving Global Goals 2030” is co-sponsored by the World Health Organization.

Ministers from more than 80 countries, researchers, international institutions and organizations are expected to attend the conference.

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