Road traffic crashes result in the deaths of approximately 1.3 million people around the world each year and leave between 20 and 50 million people with non-fatal injuries. In addition to the human suffering caused by road traffic injuries, they also incur a heavy economic burden on victims and their families, both through treatment costs for the injured and through loss of productivity of those killed or disabled. More broadly, road traffic injuries have a serious impact on national economies, costing countries 3% of their annual gross domestic product.
Through the adoption of the 2020 UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/74/299 da on “Improving Global Road Safety”, governments reaffirmed their commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, proclaimed the period 2021-2030 as the Decade of Action for Road Safety, and established a target to reduce by at least 50% the number of road traffic deaths and injuries by 2030. Member States also agreed to convene a high-level meeting of the General Assembly, for 2022, on the theme of improving global road safety. This High-Level Meeting (HLM), with the scope, modalities, format and organization defined by Resolution A/RES/75/308, will take place on June 30 and July 1, 2022 at the UNGA, under the theme “The 2030 horizon for road safety: securing a decade of action and deliveries”. On the occasion, governments and their partners are expected to mobilize leadership, address gaps and challenges, promote multisectoral collaboration and guide the implementation of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030.
The World Health Organization (WHO), under the mandate conferred by the UN in 2004, (A/RES/58/289), has been coordinating, along with regional agencies of the United Nations and collaborators, the global efforts to reduce road traffic injuries and deaths. Accordingly, PAHO/WHO Brazil, in line with its counterparts in the Brazilian Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Infrastructure, will promote at its headquarters in Brasília an event prior to the HLM, bringing together technical officers, government authorities, parliamentarians, associations, experts, academics, NGOs among other road safety stakeholders. The event, which will also be broadcast, aims to draw attention to the UN High Level Meeting and its objectives; as well as to disseminate national plans and strategies and listen to civil society. It also seeks to provide the Brazilian delegation with information, demands and suggestions for the meeting in New York.
The Meeting of Actors in Road Safety will be held in the Carlisle Guerra auditorium, at PAHO/WHO Brazil headquarters, on June 9 and 10, 2022. The program will consist of panels and presentations of good practices addressing topics of relevance in the safety scenario Brazilian road traffic and the connections the Brazilian programs with the decade of action, such as the National Plan for the Reduction of Deaths and Injuries in Traffic - PNATRANS and the Strategic Action Plan for Coping with Non-Communicable diseases and injuries in Brazil, 2021- 2030 (DANT Plan), as well as its connections to the Global Road Safety Action Plan 2021-2030 and other international milestones.