Global Road Safety

Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week

The United Nations Road Safety Collaboration has announced that the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week will be held from 8-14 May 2017. The theme for the 2017 Global Road Safety Week is speed and what can be done to address this key risk factor for road deaths and serious injuries.

The Australian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Darren Chester MP hosted the Western Pacific Regional Launch of the Fourth United Nation’s Global Road Safety Week on Sunday 7 May 2017 in Sydney.

Sustainable development goals

In September 2015 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a series of Sustainable Development Goals as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Sustainable Development Goals includes the following specific targets related to road safety:

  • By 2020, to halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.
  • By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons.

Other forums

Australia is collaborating in global efforts to improve road safety by participating in the work of international forums and bodies including Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the World Road Association (PIARC) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to share knowledge and expertise and to learn from the experiences of other countries.

Our contribution to global road safety improvement includes projects funded through Australia's foreign aid programme, as well as work carried out by the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Austroads, state and territory government road safety agencies and a number of dedicated road safety research institutions.

Australia made a significant contribution to developing ISO 39001—the world's first road traffic safety management standard. The standard, which was published in 2012, is a voluntarily-adopted tool to assist organisations to embed the Safe System approach in their everyday operations.