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UNRSC Side Event at UN Sustainable Transport Conference
October 15, 2021 @ 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm CEST
The second United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference was held from 14-16 October 2021 in Beijing, China. It provided an opportunity to focus attention on the opportunities, challenges and solutions towards achieving sustainable transport worldwide. It followed up on the first Global Sustainable Transport Conference, held in 2016 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, and was expected to indicate a way forward for sustainable transport to help achieve the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
In the framework of the Conference, a United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) side event was hosted on 15th October 2021 from 16:15 to 17:30 (CEST) on the topic:
Halving Road Deaths and Injuries by 2030:
The UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030
The UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 has been proclaimed by UN Resolution A/RES/74/299 with a target to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries by at least 50% by 2030.
With the launch of the UN Decade of Action Plan for Road Safety now officially scheduled on 28th October 2021, this UNRSC side event – coordinated by the International Road Federation (IRF) and the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) – helped create momentum for the launch and provide important background and focus on the role of reduced road trauma in supporting Sustainable Transport and Sustainable Development. The event was structured around the 12 Global Road Safety Performance Targets in alignment with the Thematic Session 5 on Policies for Sustainable transport. A specific focus on financing of safe and sustainable transport was also included as an important enabler of action in support of the 12 Targets.