Conference to make world traffic safer

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Some 1 700 delegates from around 140 countries – including some 80 minister-led delegations – have joined forces to reach new global goals for road safety by 2030.

On 19–20 February 2020, Sweden is hosting the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety 2020. World leaders in road safety are meeting to follow up and summarise the global traffic safety work carried out by the UN and the WHO and its Member States, and to create global support for a forward-looking declaration with guidelines for continued global road safety efforts up to 2030 – the Stockholm Declaration.

Closely linked to the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda

Sweden is at the forefront when it comes to road safety. Vision Zero is internationally renowned and several countries see Sweden as a role model in road safety. The conference is therefore an opportunity to show more countries that Vision Zero is a successful concept and for them to be inspired by Sweden. The basic premise of Vision Zero is that roads, streets and vehicles should be adapted to people and that the responsibility for road safety should be shared between those who design transport systems and those who use them.

For Sweden, it is important that future road safety efforts are more clearly linked to other aspects of sustainability, the 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals, such as climate, gender equality, democracy, health, poverty and human rights.

Global support for a broad spectrum of actors’ actions will reduce the number of fatal accidents and create safe traffic while strengthening climate, gender equality and democracy efforts.

This includes both overarching strategies and proven knowledge intended for states, multinational enterprises and car manufacturers.

Minister for Infrastructure Tomas Eneroth presented the Stockholm Declaration at a press meeting.

3rd Ministerial Global Conference on Road Safety

On 19–20 February 2020, Sweden will host the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, with the theme ‘Achieving Global Goals 2030’. The aim of the conference is to follow up and summarise the global traffic safety work carried out by the UN and the WHO and its Member States, as well as to set a direction for future work. Under the UN resolution, the conference is to adopt a forward-looking declaration on global traffic safety efforts. The aim of the conference is to achieve global consensus on guidelines for continued international collaboration on road safety up to 2030. The conference and declaration should result in clear recommendations on how the global road safety efforts should be conducted from 2020 onwards.

Previous versions of the Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety were held in Moscow in 2009 and Brasilia in 2015. The conference marks the end of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety.