#CommitToAct is an NGO-led campaign, coordinated by the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety (the Alliance), that pushes for local and national government commitment and accountability for specific, measurable road safety action. It supports NGOs to advocate with their governments to achieving a 50% reduction in road deaths and injuries by 2030 by implementing evidence-based actions aligned to the recommendations of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021–2030 (Global Plan).
The 2022 #CommitToAct campaign took the theme of Streets for Life, building on last year’s UN Global Road Safety Week. It centred around a Week of Action on 16–22 May 2022.
Through the #CommitToAct Streets for Life Week of Action, the Alliance’s 300 NGOs in 100 countries called on their decision-makers to commit to act for people’s right to safe mobility and to achieve the 2030 target to halve road deaths and injuries. NGOs identified specific measures at national, city, or community levels, aligning to the recommendations in the Global Plan and based around three key demands:
- Evidence-based actions, starting with 30 km/h limits where people move, live, and play;
- Investment in road safety;
- Involvement of civil society in road safety decision-making.
The call to action is summarized in the campaign video HERE.
During the Week of Action, NGOs engaged with their decision-makers, demanding specific actions, such as 30 km/h limits on specific streets and zones where people and vehicles mix, prioritization of funds for road safety interventions, and acceleration and scale-up of existing commitments. The campaign demonstrated how NGOs are bringing community knowledge and perspectives to influence decision-making and maintain accountability for road safety action. Read more about NGOs’ #CommitToAct activities HERE.
NGOs’ in-country campaigns were backed up by a social media campaign, using the #CommitToAct and #StreetsForLife hashtags and reaching seven million people. The Alliance took the campaign to the International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany. Lotte Brondum, the Alliance’s Executive Director, presented the three points of the call to action in her address to Ministers at the Ministerial Round Table on Meeting the Road Safety Challenge: Halving the Deaths and Injuries by 2030, and the Alliance held a live-streamed event Live from Leipzig: 30 in Action, showcasing the value of implementing 30 km/h limits where people move, live, and play and a side-event on implementation of the Global Plan. Watch the recording of Live from Leipzig HERE.