UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for greater global efforts to achieve the goal of reducing traffic deaths and injuries by half by 2030.
Every year, 1.3 million people die in road accidents and 50 million more are injured, he said, making this the leading cause of death for children and young people.
The UN chief’s remarks came in his message to mark the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, observed annually on 20 November.
“One of the best ways to remember and honour the victims is by doing our part to make roads safer around the world”, he said.
Development in danger
The Secretary-General also pointed out how road traffic crashes are linked to development.
Nine out of 10 victims are in middle- and low-income countries.
“Saving more lives requires ensuring more funding for safe and sustainable mobility, whole-of-society action plans and a strong prevention approach,” said Mr. Guterres.
“The United Nations Road Safety Conventions and Fund help countries strengthen national systems and infrastructure. I urge Member States and donors to support these efforts and prevent further tragedies.”
Saving young lives
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