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500 MILLION PEOPLE MAY DIE GLOBALLY THROUGH ROAD ACCIDENTS BY 2030 — EXPERTS CALL FOR GREATER GLOBAL POLITICAL WILL TO STEM THE TIDE ….. Read What Stakeholders Must Do

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Experts in road traffic management have called for the institution of a High-Level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on Road Safety at the level of Heads of State and government to mobilize adequate national leadership and advance international and multi-sectoral collaboration for the purpose of reducing carnage on highways in all the areas covered by the United Nations mandate on road safety management. This is one of the decisions adopted at the Third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety held in Stockholm from 19-20 February 2020, at which participants issued a Declaration to deliver a 50% reduction in deaths and injuries over the next decade on the body’s way to Vision Zero by 2050. The conference agreed on a number of measures designed for the achievement of its objectives and invited the United Nations General Assembly to endorse the recommendations made by the gathering. Among others, the meeting lamented that road traffic crashes ‘’kill more than 1.35 million people every year, with over 90% of these casualties occurring in low- and middle-income countries, that these collisions are the leading cause of death for children and young adults aged 5–29 years. It noted that the projected 500 million road traffic deaths and injuries worldwide between 2020 and 2030 are alarming. To reduce carnage on the roads, the road safety experts called for more emphasis on preventive   approach through significant political commitment, leadership and greater action at all levels in the next decade The experts invited attention to the damaging impact of road crashes and related deaths and injuries on long-term national economic growth, the unequal progress across regions and income levels. It regretted that no low-income countries were able to reduce the number of road traffic deaths between 2013 and 2016, a development that highlights clearly the link between development and road safety. MISHAPS AVOIDABLE: The Declaration emphasized that the overwhelming majority of road traffic deaths and injuries are preventable and that they remain a major development and public health problem that has broad social and economic consequences which, if unaddressed, will affect progress towards the achievement of the SDGs. The gathering also discussed the considerable impact of road traffic crashes on children and youth and stressed the importance of shielding the  vulnerable populations,  including older people and persons with disabilities; through ‘’effective, evidence-based policymaking of gathering quality data, including at the regional level, notably on deaths and serious…

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