IRF supports UNECA for Project funded by the UN Road Safety Trust Fund

IRF supports UNECA for Project funded by the UN Road Safety Trust Fund

The UN Road Safety Fund has unveiled ten new projects that will target key gaps in the road safety systems of 12 countries. IRF (Geneva) has been pleased to support together with iRAP, the UNECA Ten Step Plan for Safer Road Infrastructure Project proposal which will see improved safety of Tanzania’s roads and a road map for other countries to follow.

With a total budget of nearly USD$4 million, these projects will scale the Fund’s geographical and programmatic footprint in the coming months. 

The announcement about winning project took place at a Ministerial Lunch organized by the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, Mr. Jean Todt, at the 3rd Global Conference on Road Safety in Stockholm on 19 February 2020.

Reflecting at the occasion, Mr. Todt stated “When the Fund launched the 2019 Call for Proposals, the Advisory Board, of which I am a member, had one clear priority – projects must demonstrate a chain of results leading to tangible impact on the number of fatalities and injuries on the road. I am convinced that these selected projects will accelerate progress in this direction.”

These projects are being launched at a time when the need for action has never felt stronger. Globally, almost 1.35 million people die on the roads each year, and an additional 50 million are injured. Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death for children and young adults aged 5-29 years. Unfortunately, the scale of this challenge has not received the attention that it has deserved and the funds for road safety have not kept pace with the demand.

This was reflected in the funds available for the UN Road Safety Fund’s 2019 Call for Proposals. A total of 73 projects requesting support for 52 countries were submitted. USD 62.5 million would be needed to finance all these projects.

With limited financing available, the Fund’s Steering Committee made a concerted effort to direct resources where they would be most needed. It is for this reason that 50% of the funds went to five projects in seven countries in Africa, where road traffic death rates are highest (26.6/100,000 people).

Established in April 2018, the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund aims to contribute to two major outcomes, assisting UN Member states to (a) substantially curb the number of fatalities and injuries from road traffic crashes, as well as (b) reduce economic losses resulting from these crashes. Building on the best practices and expertise developed through the Decade of Action for Road Safety, the Trust Fund will focus on supporting concrete actions helping to achieve the road safety-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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