Sunday, 10 November 2013

UNRSC meets in Abu Dhabi

The UN Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC), the informal group which coordinates activities of the UN Decade of Action, met in Abu Dhabi on 5-6 November. The UNRSC heard updates from the Russian Federation and WHO on preparations for a UN General Assembly debate on road safety in April 2014, and agreed to make children's safety on the roads the focus of the next UN Global Road Safety Week in 2015.

Several activities supported by the Road Safety Fund were highlighted: Gabriel Kardos of Johnson & Johnson presented on his company's support for the Decade of Action, through two years of grants to AIP Foundation's 'Helmets for Kids' programme. David Ward of Global NCAP reviewed the latest crash independent crash test results from Latin NCAP and previewed a major conference on vehicle safety to be organised in Delhi in January 2014. For iRAP, Global Operations Manager James Bradford explained how several G20 countries are targeting road casualties by working with iRAP to improve road infrastructure safety design. Floor Lieshout of youth NGO YOURS updated on his organisation's cadre-building in Africa; and Amend Executive Director Jeffrey Witte provided information on the latest 'SARSAI' safe schools work funded by Road Safety Fund donor Bosch.

The UNRSC was also briefed by Road Safety Fund director Saul Billingsley on the next stage of the 'Long Short Walk' post-2015 advocacy campaign to include road safety and sustainable transport in the UN's new Sustainable Development Goals. To coincide with the meeting a new short film was released by the campaign to show the breadth of activity and support during 2013, and the need to redouble efforts for the next phase, including Open Working Group hearings on sustainable transport in January 2014.

To join the Long Short Walk's latest advocacy efforts, targeting the member countries of the UN Open Working Group, see here.  

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