According to the United Nations, nearly 1.3 million will die this year as a result of road traffic collisions. This is more than 3,000 deaths each day. Beyond this number, between 20 and 50 million more people will sustain non-fatal injuries from a collision. Road-related death and injury have been described by the World Health Organization has a "major public health and development crisis".
In March 2010, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2011 – 2020 the "Decade of Action for Road Safety" with the goal of "stabilizing and then reducing the forecasted level of global road fatalities". As a key voice in the transport and road infrastructure sector, the International Road federation is dedicated to providing key support on the international, regional, and national levels to support the Decade of Action.
IRF's contributions under the Decade of Action include the following:
- IRF Road Safety Group of Experts: a policy development and working group, advocating for safe and forgiving road development, maintenance and operation by raising awareness, providing policy guidance and the exchange of knowledge and best practices.
- Networking & Information Sharing: through a robust annual set of conferences, workshops, and meetings, IRF members come together to share best practices, exchange ideas, and meet directly with policy-makers to promote evidence-based solutions to major road safety problems around the world.
- Technical assistance: through its membership, the IRF provides expert technical assistance and guidance to policy-makers, practicioners, and the broader road infrastructure sector designed to address road fatalities and injuries and contribute to road safety efforts.
- Advocacy: as a non-political, not-for-profit organization, the IRF utilizes its key platform within the road infrastructure sector to advocate for the adoption and implementation of evidence-based policies designed to reduce road-related death and injury.
For more information on IRF's Road Safety Program or to lend your voice and expertise to our efforts, please contact Kathleen Elsig, IRF Road Safety Key Expert, firstname.lastname@example.org.