road safety

At Stockholm road safety summit, UN officials join global call to end ‘scourge’ of preventable deaths

Road traffic accidents take some 1.35 million lives every year and cost most countries three per cent of their gross domestic product, the top UN health official said on Wednesday as the Third Global Ministerial Conference On Road Safety kicked off in Stockholm, Sweden.

News in Brief 10 February 2020

  • Coronavirus containment ‘still the priority’ as cases rise 
  • Locust threat ‘increases further’ in Horn of Africa 
  • Plea for action to stop 3,700 people dying every day on world’s roads 
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UN calls for action to tackle ‘ubiquitous but invisible’ global road safety crisis

Saving lives by improving road safety is “one of the many objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, the United Nations chief said in his message for the global day set aside for remembering the victims of traffic accidents.

News in Brief 6 May 2019

  • UN Forum works to safeguard world’s forests
  • Labour report shows half of workers frequently exposed to physical risks
  • Advocates, UN, speak up for road safety
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News in Brief 12 February 2019

  • Smartphone listener guidelines unveiled to prevent growing levels of hearing loss
  • Thousands flee fresh violence in South Sudan’s Equatoria State
  • Automatic braking guidelines will reduce crashes, says UNECE
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‘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.