United Nations General Assembly draft resolution

The UN General Assembly today adopted a resolution A/68/L.40 on "Improving global road safety".

Since the previous report to the General Assembly on road safety, many activities have been undertaken locally, nationally, regionally and internationally. Among others, the following four global events were held during the intervening two years: the second United Nations Global Road Safety Week, the launch of the Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013: Supporting a Decade of Action, the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims and the launch of the Global Alliance for Care of the Injured.

Much more needs to be done to meet the goal of the Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020), as evidenced in the Global status report on road safety 2013, particularly with regard to protecting vulnerable road users, adopting and enforcing good road safety laws and reducing the number of road traffic injuries and fatalities. A more systematic approach needs to be taken to address road safety issues across the five pillars outlined in the Global Plan for the Decade.