Call to action - it's time to unite once again and demand action!

Call to action - it's time to unite once again and demand action!

We call upon you, the Global Youth Network for Road Safety to take action for global road safety and influence the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This is a great opportunity to show your unity and passion behind this issue and put road safety high on the global agenda for future of development and saving lives. It's very easy to take part in this call to action, all we ask is that you send a model letter to influence your country's decision makers.


The importance of safe and sustainable transportation for the Post 2015 development agenda has been recognised during the Open Working Group consultations (OWG) and by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in his recommendations to the UN General Assembly on steps to advance the Post-2015 Agenda.  A Post-2015 target for reducing road traffic fatalities could be situated within a health goal as suggested by the UNSG. The target would be measurable, easy to communicate, inclusive and universal. It would contribute to sustainable development building on the MDGs.

We call upon you, the youth network for road safety to call on your decision makers to include safe and sustainable transport in the Post 2015 development agenda.

The proposed target by 2030 is to halve the burden of global road traffic crashes from the 2010 baseline in the WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013.

  • Fatalities target:  By 2030, reducing the number of people killed on the world’s roads to less than 620,000 per year from the 2010 baseline of 1.24 million per year.
  • Fatality targets by country income cluster (the Results Framework also includes injury and economic targets by income level). Reduce road traffic fatality rates by 2030 to:
    < 4 per 100,000 population in high-income countries (baseline of 8.7 in 2010 )
    < 7 per 100,000 population in middle-income countries (baseline of 20.1 in 2010)
    < 12 per 100,000 population in low-income countries (baseline of 18.3 in 2010)
  • Serious Injuries:  By 2030, reduce the number of people seriously injured on the world’s roads to less than 6,200,000 per year from the 2010 baseline of 12.4 million per year.
  • Economic Impact:  By 2030, reduce the global economic impact of road crashes to less than 1.5% of GDP per year from the current 3% of GDP per year

demand action
What can we do now? Together we can have a massive impact, read on and see how to take part.

As highlighted in the Global Burden of Disease 2010 study road crashes are the leading cause of death globally for young people aged 15-29. Low- and middle-income countries account for the vast majority (90%) of road traffic fatalities. The GBD 2010 Study and the WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013 confirm the divide between developed and developing countries on road injury. In Australasia, Western Europe and North America road deaths were reduced by between 13% and 43% during the GBD period. They rose dramatically in SE Asia (66%), Central America (33%) and West Africa (112%) during the same period.

Download the model letter and represent YOUR NGO to influence the decision making process.

Who to contact
The following is a list of the categories of potential decision-makers you could contact to argue for safe and sustainable mobility in the post-2015 agenda:

  • Head of Government
  • Foreign Minister
  • Transport Minister
  • Health minister
  • Minister with responsibility in Foreign Ministry
  • Head of UN Desk at Foreign Ministry
  • Your government's UN Permanent Representative in New York
    (You can find contact information for every UN Mission here.






Model Letter for NGOs
Policy Briefing on UN Open Working Group
Economist Article - Jan 2014