road safety

‘Absolutely essential’ to put road safety top of developing countries’ agenda: UN envoy

With 90 per cent of road-related injuries and fatalities occurring in developing countries, it is “absolutely essential” for those countries to put road safety on top of their agenda.  That’s the message from the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, who spoke with UN News's Florence Westergard earlier this year about how important road safety is to global development and what can be done to improve it.

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New fund takes on 'public health emergency' of global road deaths

For this latest Lid Is On podcast from UN News, we’ll hear from three of the leading voices involved in the new UN Road Safety Trust Fund, launched this month, which is committed to “accelerating progress” in saving the lives of pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists across the world.

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UN launches initiative to improve road safety worldwide

With some 1.3 million drivers, passengers and pedestrians dying each year on the world’s roads, the United Nations took a major step to address this tragedy by launching on Thursday a trust fund to spur action that could save lives and prevent the loss of opportunity associated with road accidents.

Road safety ‘morally, economically sound investment,’ UN envoy tells global forum

Calling for greater efforts to reduce road traffic deaths worldwide, the United Nations envoy for road safety on Monday stressed that a proposed UN fund, along with national investments, would turn the tide of rising fatality numbers.

Road accidents in Africa among deadliest worldwide, UN official says, urging more action

Some 650 people are killed each day in road accidents throughout Africa, a senior United Nations official today said, calling for more to be done to keep drivers – as well as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists – safe.

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UN welcomes report on Myanmar’s Rakhine State

The United Nations has welcomed the release of a report on finding lasting solutions to the crisis in Rakhine State in Myanmar.

The western state has seen deadly clashes between Buddhist and Muslim communities.

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On Global Road Safety Week, UN health agency urges 'Save Lives: Slow Down'

Spotlighting the relationship between speeding and traffic fatalities – speeding contributes to one in three traffic deaths – the UN health agency, ahead of Global Road Safety Week, is urging countries to take measures to curb dangerous driving behaviour.

Young people are more prone to fall victim to road accidents

Young people are more prone to fall victim to road accidents than adults according to the World Health Organization (

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UN chief urges rapid scale-up in action to prevent vehicle-related deaths and injuries

With more than 3,400 people, many of them young men and women, losing their lives on the world's roads every day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims with a strong call to scale up action to prevent these deaths.

“Make roads safer” to walk and cycle: UNEP

“Road networks have been built for cars and not to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians, making it unsafe for them.”

That’s according to the director of the UN’s Environment Programme (UNEP) in New York.

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