“Of critical importance for humanity”: UN development agenda includes road safety targets in final text

August 2, 2015

The UN set 17 goals with 169 targets overall for the world’s post-2015 development agenda.

Marking a milestone in the campaign for safer roads, the United Nations (UN) finalized the text of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and included two road safety targets:

  • In the Health Goal, a specific stand-alone target to reduce road traffic fatalities by 50% by 2020; and
  • In the Cities Goal, a target on safe, affordable, accessible, and sustainable urban transport.

The SDGs, 17 in total, set out an extraordinary agenda for the next 15 years: to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change.

Recognition of road safety as essential for global development comes after years of advocacy efforts, coordinated by FIA Foundation in partnership with a wide coalition. As part of the effort, AIP Foundation helped to collect over 500,000 signatures for the #SaveKidsLives campaign, credited with influencing decision-makers in drafting the SDGs.

This coming September, nearly 200 world leaders will convene in New York to officially adopt the landmark agenda.

To read more about the road safety targets, click here. To read the full text of the agenda, click here.

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