Event Details - Third African Road Safety Conference: Mid-Term Review of the African Road Safety Action Plan
Third African Road Safety Conference: Mid-Term Review of the African Road Safety Action Plan
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 09 July 2015 - 10 July 2015
The United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 64/255 that proclaimed 2011-2020 as the Decade of Action for Road safety in March 2010. However, road safety continues to be a global challenge five years after the Decade was proclaimed. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) global status report on road safety published in 2013, approximately 1.24 million people die every year on the world’s roads, and another 20 to 50 million sustain non-fatal injuries as a result of road traffic crashes. The report estimates road traffic injuries to be the eighth leading cause of death globally, with an impact similar to that caused by many communicable diseases, such as malaria. They are the leading cause of death for young people aged 15–29 years, and as a result take a heavy toll on those entering their most productive years. Economically, road traffic injuries are estimated to cost low- and middle-income countries between 1–2 % of their gross national product, estimated at over US$ 100 billion a year.
It is now midway in the implementation of the Action Plan and therefore appropriate to ask the following key questions: To what extent have the activities in the Action Plan been implemented? What results have been achieved? What are the challenges in the implementation of the Action Plan and how can these challenges be overcome? The Third African Road Safety Conference will provide a platform to answer these questions.
The overall objective of the conference is to ensure the effective participation of Africa at the mid-term review of the Decade to be held in Brasilia in November 2015.
The conference is organized by ECA in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC), African Transport Policy Programme (SSATP), the Global Road Safety Facility of the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the International Road Federation (IRF) and other partners.
The Conference will be attended by representatives of various African Government Ministries, National Road Safety Authorities and Councils, African sub-regional and regional organisations, international organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), academic and research institutions, and the private sector.
Following the successful IRF conference held in Addis Ababa last March 2015, the IRF will be supporting UNECA in the organisation of this review conference. IRF will coordinate in particular a session entirely dedicated to the issue of data.
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