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1st African Road Safety Forum

Marrakesh, Morocco , 13 November 2018 - 15 November 2018

IRF (Geneva) is pleased to join hands with CNPAC, the National Traffic Accidents Committee in Morocco and to support the 1st African Road Safety Forum, to be held from 13 to 15 November 2018 in Marrakesh – Morocco.

According to the World Health Organization's 2015 Road Safety Situation Report, nearly 1.25 million people die every year on the roads despite progress in this area. Although the number of road fatalities is stabilizing, WHO statistics also point out that not all road users in the world enjoy the same level of protection. Indeed, in low- and middle-income countries, 90% of road traffic deaths are accounted for by the fact that they account for only 54% of vehicles in circulation worldwide. It is also in Africa that we record the highest number of road deaths per population, 26.6 killed per 100,000 inhabitants.

The Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020) called on countries to implement concrete measures to make their roads safer. The establishment of an "African" strategy for sustainable road safety is an absolute necessity. Committed to different levels alongside African countries, Morocco intends to host the 1st Forum on Road Safety in Africa. This Forum is a platform for exchanging expertise and good practices in this area. It is also a question of capitalizing on each other's achievements in road safety so that the socio-economic and cultural similarities between African countries are assets and key factors of success. As road safety is a profession in its own right, creating added value in this area is a real challenge for all governments. Strategic and institutional management of road safety, program funding, steering of strategies, integration of new technologies, capacity building, integration of road safety into business management, studies and research, as well as the opening on the components of civil society are the main axes that will be addressed in this forum, the first of its kind in Africa.

For further information, please contact Ms Méline Huynh from the IRF Secretariat at: info@irfnet.ch