Etienne Krug has been a leader for injury prevention for many years, and is especially known for his efforts in road traffic injury prevention. Appointed in 2000 as the first ever Director to WHO’s Department for Violence and Injury Prevention, his strategic vision has been key to placing road safety on the global public health and development agenda. As WHO Director and as Chair of the UN Road Safety Collaboration - an informal network of some 80 governments, NGOs, foundations and private companies - he has been an impetus for road safety for nearly two decades.
His ability to create lasting and effective partnerships has led to building the global road safety community. In this regard he is credited with the establishment of two of the most dynamic and fruitful international networks: Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety and YOURS: Youth for Road Safety. It is with the support of partners that Dr Krug and his colleagues have secured the largest ever financial investment in road safety from Bloomberg Philanthropies to improve legislation and reporting on road safety in a number of countries, planned and co-hosted two ministerial conferences in Brazil in 2015 and in the Russian Federation in 2009, launched the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, and developed many of the world’s leading reference and guidance documents on the topic.
More recently Dr Krug has led work with WHO Member States to ensure that road safety was included among the Sustainable Development Goals, and to define a set of road safety performance targets, which will be used to measure progress in the coming years. Today, Dr Krug is leading WHO’s efforts to help the Government of Sweden to prepare the third ministerial conference on road safety, and to define a new global target for road safety beyond the current 2020 end date. Dr Krug has noted that “Road traffic deaths and injuries are an unacceptable price to pay for mobility. There is no excuse for inaction. This is a problem with proven solutions. Accelerated action is needed by governments and partners to implement these measures and save lives.”