COMING UP – Brasilia Conference, A review of progresses and reiteration of commitments

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The Second High Level Conference on Road Safety will take place in next month from 18th to 19th November. Around 1500 participants from 150 countries are expected to participate, between Ministers of Health, Cities, Transport and Interiors, UN agencies representatives and members of the civil society along with business leaders.

All together, they will exchange experiences and best practices in reaching a reduction of death and injuries related to road crashes as well as define strategies to keep the deadline of 2020 and the related commitments.

This meeting marks a mid-point in the fight for safer roads. More than four years after the launch in May 2011 of the “UN Decade of Actions for Road safety 2011-2020”, it is time for all the stakeholders to gather and discuss achievements and challenges ahead to save millions of life and improve safety on the world’s roads. It will also be the opportunity to discuss emerging issues in road safety such as new technologies, sustainable mobility, etc.

This meeting is also timely. Road safety has been recognized, within the post-2015 framework “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” adopted last September, as a major public health and development issue, especially for low and middle income countries.

Goal # 3 on health states as follow: “3.6 By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents”.

Goal #11 on sustainable cities is also crucial. Indeed, it specifically requires devoting a special attention to the safety and mobility of the most vulnerable. Persons with disabilities- who had been forgotten by the Millennium Development Goals- are part of the most vulnerable and thus they are also directly targeted by this goal.

Ahead of the conference, Member States, UN organizations, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and private sector entities have come together to elaborate a strong document- the “Brasilia Declaration” which has been adopted “ad ref” on the 3-4 September 2015.

Handicap International will be present to bring its ten years long expertise in working on road safety in law and middle income countries, knowing the poor and the vulnerable are disproportionally impacted and knowing those countries pay the higher price with 90% of the casualties occurring in such context. Handicap International has long been advocating for safer roads and safer roads users, especially for the vulnerable users including persons with disabilities and militating for an equitable access to a safer mobility.

For Handicap International, it is essential for stakeholders, along with victim’s association and associations of persons with disabilities who need to be involved in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of road safety policies, to:

  • Encourage the development of national strategies on road safety in line with the Global Plan for the UN Decade of Action for road safety, supported through international cooperation in a joint effort to improve road safety;
  • Improve and systematize quality data collection systems to inform, monitor and evaluate road safety related policies; and to assess the impact of road related injuries on mortality, morbidity and disability;
  • Link road safety issues with the broader issues of equitable access to safe and sustainable mobility (on roads, surrounding areas and for transportation), especially for vulnerable users including persons with disabilities;
  • Strengthen post-crash response for victims of road crashes and pursue progresses in providing universal access to health care for those injured and disabled due to road crashes, including for the provision of early rehabilitation services.
  • Encourage the development of indicators for the road safety related SDGs’ targets at global, regional and national level with disaggregation of all relevant targets by disability and ensuring targets that explicitly reference persons with disabilities are matched with disability-related indicators.

For more information on the topic, read Jerôme Bobin’s article in the Huffington Post (in French) here.

 

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