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UN Road Safety Fund aims to raise awareness among 1 billion people by 2030 on need for financing to tackle road deaths in low- and middle-income countries

What moments do you live for in your daily life? We all have precious moments that we cherish. Unfortunately, every 24 seconds at least one person has those moments taken away because of a road traffic injury. In 93% of the cases, that person lives in a low- or middle-income country.

The UNRSF's new campaign "#moments2live4" encourages everyday road users – you, me, friends and family – to reflect on and share those simple moments that matter much more than moments wasted on poor road safety behaviour.

Financing for road safety critically needed to halve 1.3 million annual deaths by 2030, stresses General Assembly discussion

Globally, more than 1.3 million deaths and 50 million injuries are caused by road traffic crashes every year, which are the leading killer of children and young people aged 5 to 29. Over 90% of all road deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, significantly impeding sustainable development prospects. The need for much greater action to address this critical situation was the focus of a supporting event in New York for the 2022 High-Level Meeting on Global Road Safety, under the auspices of the G

UN regulation on Automated Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS) extended to trucks, buses and coaches

The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) has adopted an amendment to a United Nations Regulation on Automated Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS) that lays down the technical requirements for their use in heavy vehicles including trucks, buses and coaches. This step marks the first binding international regulation for the introduction of so-called “level 3” vehicle automation in heavy vehicles on the roads.

After COP26, we need less talk and more action

COP26 was a positive step forward in the fight against climate change, but as the UN Secretary General pointed out in his comments: “it is not enough. We must accelerate climate action to keep alive the goal of limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.” The compromise deal reflects the interests, contradictions and political will in the world today.     

UN/OECD seminar to address ammonium nitrate risk management in follow-up to 2020 Beirut port explosion  

The Beirut port explosion in August 2020, caused by fire spreading across a storage area detonating a large amount of ammonium nitrate (AN), resulted in 300 deaths and 6,500 injuries, the displacement of about 300,000 people and severe damage to the port and city, including healthcare facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The accident and subsequent disaster remain central to the economic and political crises facing Lebanon. It has compounded multiple disasters, adding to socio-economic issues the country was already grappling with. The ongoing investigation into the explosion has increa

Major auto markets join forces for draft UN legislation on electric vehicle battery durability

Sales of electric and hybrid vehicles are surging in major markets including China, Europe and North America, and reached 3 million vehicles in 2020, 4.6% of total sales. In Europe, their market share reached 10%. According to the projections of the International Energy Agency, their global market share could reach between 10.4% and 19% in 2025. 

Deadly tanker blast in Sierra Leone recalls need to improve safety: UN instruments reduce risks

Close to 100 people are reported to have died from a blast following a crash between a tanker and a truck in a busy commercial district of Freetown, Sierra Leone.

UNECE stands in solidarity with the people of Sierra Leone and is ready to support all countries to implement proven United Nations instruments to prevent such accidents from occurring and to reduce the severity of their consequences.

UNECE and partners release Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030

The launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 sets the ambitious target of preventing at least 50% of road traffic deaths and injuries by 2030. To realize this vision, UNECE partnered with WHO and its sister UN Regional Commissions to develop a Global Plan for the Decade of Action, which is released today.  

UNECE and FIA join forces to digitalize procedures for the temporary import of private and commercial vehicles

The digitalization of the “carnet de passages en douane” – or “CPD” system –, which facilitates the temporary importation of private and commercial vehicles, is expected to greatly improve its efficiency, speed and transparency. Through enhanced data management, the digitalized “eCPD” system will reduce administrative burdens for customs procedures, make border-crossing operations more secure, and further support global mobility.

UN Vehicle Regulation will increase road safety thanks to "Black-box" collecting information on crashes

Understanding the conditions of road crashes supports the assessment of how vehicles’ safety equipment performs, which can help to improve these systems to reinforce safety on the road. A new UN Regulation which entered into force on 30 September 2021 will introduce a major breakthrough in information gathering about road crashes with the introduction of Event Data Recorders (EDR) aboard vehicles.