Archive: Anna Johansson, Minister for Infrastructure

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Anna Johansson opened Vision Zero Conference 2017

On 14–15 June, the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, the Swedish Transport Administration and the Swedish Transport Agency hosted the Vision Zero Conference 2017 in Stockholm. World-leading road safety experts, ministers and decision-makers from across the globe met for two days to discuss road safety at a strategic level.

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More than 1.25 million people around the world die each year in traffic accidents, making it the ninth most common cause of death worldwide and the leading cause of death among people aged 15–29 years. Up to 50 million people are injured each year in traffic accidents. The UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include road safety for the first time, and the overarching theme of the conference was how the SDGs can be achieved in light of Vision Zero.

Sweden's road safety efforts are successful. Zero Vision has attracted international attention, and the concept has now been adopted by many other countries and cities around the world. A recent European Commission comparison of road safety in the EU ranked Sweden's roads the safest.

– Road safety efforts must be intensified worldwide. Sweden has come a long way in its road safety efforts and can contribute knowledge and experience from its Vision Zero work, said Minister for Infrastructure Anna Johansson.

Ms Johansson also took the initiative to hold a roundtable discussion on how vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists, can be better included in road safety efforts and how a more gender-equal transport system may help improve road safety. Participants in the roundtable discussions included Matthew Baldwin (European Commission), Etienne Krug (WHO), Laura Ballesteros (Secretariat of Mobility of Mexico City), Claudia Adriazola (WRI Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities), Rob McInerney (International Road Assessment Programme, iRAP), David Ward (Global NCAP) and Winnie Mitullah (University of Nairobi, Kenya).

The two-day conference opened at 10.00 on 14 June at the Clarion Hotel Sign in Stockholm. The roundtable discussion was held on 14 June from 13.00 to 14.00.

Facts

UN Sustainable Development Goal

Target 3.6: By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.

Target 11.2: By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all. Improve road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons.

The Government’s ambition is for Sweden to be a leader in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Work on the Agenda involves its implementation at national level and contributing to its global implementation.