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.
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.
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.
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: