Event Details - GoE-IRF Conference on Road Safety in Africa
GoE-IRF Conference on Road Safety in Africa
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 09 November 2011 - 11 November 2011
The IRF co-organizes the 2nd African Road Safety Conference in Ethiopia
Following on from the 2007 Conference where the Accra Declaration committed ministers to work together to stop the growing epidemic of deaths and injuries on African roads, a second conference is being organized jointly by ECA, SSATP and the Government of Ethiopia, IRF, in collaboration with AUC, AfDB and the World Bank. The conference brought together 150 delegates from 32 countries ranging from government ministries, the private sector, research institutes and civil society organizations
Road traffic accidents are now the second leading cause of death in African countries for the 05-44 year old age group. In a region where 50 percent of the population is under the age of 16, the impact on the continent's youth is a major concern.
Responding to the growing epidemic of road accident fatalities, and in line with the Decade of Action for Road Safety, the objectives of the conference were to:
- Examine and validate the African Road Safety Plan of Action 2011-2020 which will serve as guiding document for the implementation of the Decade and
- Propose and validate a Resources mobilization strategy and a follow up mechanism.
Stressing the importance of 'forgiving roads', Mr. K. K. Kapila, chairman of IRF Geneva, said in his key note address “The African road network is being built to meet the requirements of mobility at a reasonably fast pace. While we go ahead to build this infrastructure, it is necessary to ensure that we build safer roads by adopting and incorporating the requisite Road Safety measures.”
Overall the 2nd African Road Safety Conference was a success. The recommendations elaborated in the conference declaration were adopted at the African Union Ministers of Transport meeting in Luanda, Angola, which took place on the 24-25th of November. Furthermore, it illustrated the IRF's maintained commitment to the African continent and dedication to assist countries in tackling the issues posed by road traffic accidents. Much more still needs to be done, and the IRF while continue to support efforts to strengthen Road Safety in Africa.