On 10 April 2014, the UN General Assembly backed the “Improving global road safety” resolution sponsored by the Russian government. Despite other international tensions, both the US and EU supported this humanitarian initiative alongside dozens of nations.   US Ambassador Samantha Powers herself spoke strongly in favour of the resolution.

The resolution supports NCAP and RAP (see clauses 6 and 7).   It also acknowledges recommendations for 3-star minimum roads from the Commission for Global Road Safety. The resolution emphasises the importance of targets and indicators which permit progress to be systematically measured. The WHO is asked to continue its global status reports monitoring progress in the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.

The resolution backs a Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in 2015 to be held in Brazil.  It backs calls for road safety to be considered in developing post-2015 global “Sustainable Development Goals” which are key to finance for road safety.

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