United Nations has launched UN Road Safety Trust Fund to improve road safety worldwide to save lives and prevent the loss of opportunity associated with road accidents.
UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is secretariat for the trust fund.
The fund has potential to galvanise global efforts to address road safety situation, building on progress made and experience gained over Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.
The fund aims to accelerate progress in improving global road safety by bridging gaps in mobilization of resources for effective action at all levels.
It will mobilize resources from governments, intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private sector, philanthropic organizations and individuals.
It will support efforts along five pillars of Global Plan for Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-20), which include
improved safety of road infrastructure and broader transport networks;
strengthened road safety management capacities;
enhanced safety of vehicles;
improved behaviour of road users and
improved post-crash care.
The fund will serve as catalyst for much-needed progress towards road safety targets of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
SDG targets 3.6 and 11.2 aim to halve number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents and provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems as well as improve road safety for all.
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