iRAP calls on its partners and the community world-wide to support the 5th United Nations Global Road Safety Week (UNGRSW) – to #SpeakUp and #DemandLeadership for #3StarorBetter road infrastructure for all road users that saves lives.
iRAP CEO Rob McInerney said UNGRSW is an important advocacy platform for the global effort to save lives and reduce injuries, and the 2019 week from 6-12 May stands to be particularly powerful with the theme #SpeakUp.
“In the lead up to May, we call on all RAP partners and the community to join the world-wide movement – to #SpeakUp and assess the safety of their journey, #SpeakUp and record their demands for 3-star or better road infrastructure and #SpeakUp and urge decision-makers to make a pledge and act,” Mr McInerney said.
iRAP has released a UNGRSW partner kit highlighting how action can be taken to demand safer roads.
With road fatalities still climbing, the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety nearing completion, the World Health Organisation’s introduction of star rating criteria for all countries to report to, as well as the establishment of United Nations Global Road Safety Performance Targets, it is a pivotal time for securing continued commitment and action.
Targets 3 and 4 include ensuring all new roads are built to a 3-star or better standard for all road users, and more than 75% of travel is on the equivalent of 3-star or better roads for all road users by 2030.
“Achieving Targets 3 and 4 by 2030 stands to save 467,000 lives every year. It’s achievable but it’s going to take uncompromising commitment, collaboration, strong leadership, decisive policy and evidence-based investment,” Mr McInerney said.
“Calling for this in community streets, in neighbourhood petitions, in infrastructure project meetings through to direct approaches with Ministers, on the platform of the global week, just creates a more powerful message for a tide of change,” he added.
iRAP’s UNGRSW partner kit asks partners and the community to:
1. #SpeakUp and assess your journey
2. #SpeakUp and record your demands
3. #SpeakUp and urge decision-makers to make a pledge and act
The World Health Organisation will track all the identified risks, demands and obtained pledges from around the world and make an effort to bring those to the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety hosted by Sweden in 2020.
“The most effective leaders are those who speak up for change and take action. We can all document our journeys, record our demands, empower others and prompt decision-makers to take responsibility for getting our families home safely,” Mr McInerney said.