The United Nations recently did something that’s incredibly important for our children and for all of us. For the first time, the UN approved new global goals that include targets for reducing deaths and injuries on our roads.
The new Global Goals are particularly important to children, who are among the most vulnerable. In fact, road traffic injuries are the number one killer of kids ages 5 to 19 around the world. But Global Goals 3 and 11 can help change that:
Goal 3 calls on the world to reduce road traffic fatalities by 50 percent by 2020; and Goal 11 calls for “safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety,” and it demands special attention to children.
Right now, more than 186,000 kids die each year on or around the roads. If Goals 3 and 11 are fully implemented, we will save more than 93,000 lives per year! There is a burst of enthusiasm about the Global Goals, but it’s up to all of us to make sure this enthusiasm is not lost in coming years.