Symposium on road injury prevention and the Sustainable Development Goals

“We have not seen the level of progress that road safety needs. NGOs must play an important, independent watchdog role, holding their governments accountable for commitments they have made,” said Lotte Brondum, in her opening speech at the symposium on road injury prevention and the Sustainable Development Goals held during the Global Meeting. “It is vital that NGOs can speak up about shortcomings without being seen as anti-government.” 

Three high-level panels, consisting of NGO leaders and influencers, and including Etienne Krug, WHO; Matthew Baldwin, European Commission; and Soames Job, GRSF; discussed the progress made during the Decade of Action and how NGOs have leveraged the 2020 target to reduce road deaths and injuries by 50%. Amid the challenges of lack of funding and political will, the panelists called on the NGO audience to grow their influence with their governments and push for strategic road safety implementation.

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