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Time for Action

The Commission for Global Road Safety report ‘Time for Action’ calls for road safety to be included in the Rio+20 sustainable development agenda. The report is launched at an event organised by the FIA Foundation in London by the Commission’s Chairman, Lord Robertson of Port Ellen.

Apr 2011
 
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Rio+20 Summit

The FIA Foundation launches a ‘Safer Roads at Rio+20’ campaign, targeted at the development community

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Nov 2011
 
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The UN Road Safety Collaboration agrees to support efforts to include road safety text in the Rio+20 Declaration. A UN General Assembly resolution on road safety invites “member states and the international community to take road safety into consideration in the future planning of the relevant important international agendas, such as efforts to achieve sustainable development”.

Apr 2012
 
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The FIA Foundation launches a Make Roads Safe report ‘Safe & Sustainable Roads: the case for a sustainable development goal’ by Brookings Institution researcher Kevin Watkins calling for road safety and sustainable transport to be included in the Rio+20 agenda and the ‘post-2015’ replacement for the Millennium Development Goals.

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May 2012
 
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The Deputy Ambassador of the Russian UN mission joins Kevin Watkins and Rio+20 UN Coordinator Brice Lalonde to discuss road safety and the Rio agenda at an FIA Foundation event in New York.

May 2012
 
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Russia proposes the inclusion of specific language about road safety in the intergovernmental negotiations on the Rio+20 Communique.

May 2012
 
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The Rio+20 Summit Communique includes – for the first time ever in an international development summit – specific recognition of the role of road safety in sustainable development. The multilateral development banks launch a ‘Rio+20 Commitment’ to invest US$ 175 billion in safe and sustainable transport.

Jun 2012
 
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Dilma Rousseff

Following an initiative by FIA President Jean Todt, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff highlights road safety in her speech to the UN General Assembly.  

Sep 2012
 
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The FIA Foundation launches a ‘Long Short Walk’ campaign to call for road safety to be included in the post-2015 agenda and works to promote transport as part of the UN’s ‘My World’ global survey. Zoleka Mandela is one of the campaign’s ambassadors.

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Nov 2012
 
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FIA Foundation coordinates road safety advocacy to the UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Agenda, with road safety activists participating in consultative sessions in Liberia and Indonesia.

Autumn 2012
 
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Kevin Watkins

An event at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. in February 2013 chaired by Lord Robertson and Kevin Watkins hears calls for road safety to be part of the SDG agenda.

February 2013
 
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Although the HLP does not include road safety in its final report, influential HLP member John Podesta emphasises that the issue must be ‘front and centre’ of the post-2015 agenda.

March 2013
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Hundreds of ‘Long Short Walk’ events take place around the world. The Commission for Global Road Safety publishes a report ‘Safe Roads for All: A Post-2015 Agenda for Health & Development’, which calls for a 50% road fatality reduction target to be included in the Sustainable Development Goals.

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May 2013
 
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SloCaT

The Partnership for Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SloCaT) organises a retreat in New York with UN missions which are members of the ‘Friends of Sustainable Transport’ to discuss the SDGs. At the retreat, and in earlier and subsequent meetings with her secretariat, the FIA Foundation encourages Amina Mohammed, the UN Special Envoy for Post-2015, to include road safety in the Secretary General’s forthcoming report.

  Jun 2013
 
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Ban Ki Moon

The UN Secretary General’s report on the post-2015 agenda ‘A Life of Dignity for All’ recommends that a health priority in the new Goals should be to “reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases, including mental illness, and road accidents”.

  Aug 2013
 
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Ford Foundation

The FIA Foundation organises a briefing on road safety in the SDGs at the Ford Foundation in New York, attended by the Prime Minister of Jamaica and UN mission representatives, including the Russian Deputy Ambassador, UN DESA, SloCaT, Zoleka Mandela and Olympic Champion sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

  Sep 2013
 
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The UN Millennium Campaign invites Zoleka Mandela to lead a MY World Post-2015 event at UNICEF in recognition of the ‘Long Short Walk’ advocacy. Participants include Amina Mohammed, Mohammed Yunus  and Unilever CEO Paul Polman.

  Sep 2013
 
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The FIA Foundation contributes to the UN technical issues brief coordinated by UNEP, which recommends the target to reduce road fatalities by 50% by 2030.

  Autumn 2013
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With funding from UK DFID and the German Development Agency GIZ, SloCaT produces a report on targets and indicators for proposed sustainable transport targets. The International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP), the FIA Foundation and WHO work together to produce sub-targets by country income level for the road safety target.

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Dec 2013
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UN Open Working Group

The FIA Foundation represents NGOs at an NGO Consultative hearing on sustainable transport with the Open Working Group co-chairs (the UN Ambassadors of Kenya and Hungary) and member state missions at UN headquarters in New York. FIA Foundation DG Saul Billingsley and Bright Oywaya on behalf of the ASIRT NGO and Make Roads Safe address UN Member States on the need for a road safety target.

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Jan 2014
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The Economist magazine consults with the FIA Foundation on its investigation into road traffic injury as a global development crisis

Jan 2014
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UN Open Working Group progress report highlights “pressing need” to address road traffic injury.

Feb 2014
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The UN General Assembly adopts a new resolution encouraging “Member States and the international community to take road safety into due consideration in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda”, and accepting an offer by Brazil to host a 2nd Global High Level Conference on Road Safety in 2015. Speakers in the debate including Victor Kiryanov of Russia, Michelle Yeoh and Lord Robertson highlight the importance of an SDG target.

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Apr 2014
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FIA automobile clubs play a key role in supporting the MY World survey and writing to their national governments to urge support for road safety targets in the SDGs.

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May 2014
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The UN Open Working Group includes a stand-alone road safety target for 2030 in the Health Goal, in the zero draft of the Sustainable Development Goals. Road safety is also included in the context of sustainable transport in the Cities Goal.

Jun 2014
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In the final session of the negotiations on the SDG zero draft, the target date for the road safety target is re-set for 2020 – an ambitious change going far beyond the 2020 objectives of the Decade of Action for Road Safety.

Jul 2014
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Zoleka Mandela

Zoleka Mandela joins My World campaigners in New York to mark 5 million votes in the UN survey, and to showcase road safety and transport on the My World agenda.

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Sep 2014
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The FIA Foundation circulates briefings to UN missions on the road safety targets proposing a revision back to an end-date of 2030 to ensure consistency with the objectives of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety to ‘stabilise and reduce’ road traffic fatalities by 2020.

Oct 2014
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The FIA Foundation provides advice and guidance to the WHO and UNRSC partners leading the planning of ‘#SaveKidsLives’, a new campaign which will call for and SDG road safety target and action to protect children on the world’s roads.

Autumn 2014
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UNICEF

UNICEF includes road safety in a list of SDG targets ‘essential for child rights’. The FIA Foundation and UNICEF launch a global partnership on child road injury, which recognises road safety as a priority issue for the SDGs.

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Dec 2014
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At a SaveKidsLives event in Washington DC, organised by Safe Kids Worldwide, the US Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx, pledges US support for the road safety SDG targets.

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Dec 2014
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The UN Secretary General’s ‘Synthesis Report’ on the post-2015 agenda includes action on road traffic fatalities as a health priority for the SDGs.

Jan 2015
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UNICEF

The FIA Foundation organises a briefing on the road safety targets for UN missions in New York, with participation by the UN Ambassador for South Africa and the deputy ambassadors or senior counsellors from Brazil, Russia and Oman. More than 30 UN Member State representatives participate. Working with WHO’s New York office, the Foundation encourages missions to support a revised 2030 date for the health target. At the UN meeting, the FIA Foundation presents its policy briefing on the 2030 target.

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Mar 2015
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The FIA Foundation and UNICEF publish the ‘Safe to Learn’ global advocacy report which highlights road safety as an SDG priority for children.

May 2015
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SaveKidsLives

Hundreds of thousands of people support the #SaveKidsLives campaign and the Child Declaration calling for rights of children on the roads, and for a road safety SDG target. In an article on TheGuardian.com, the FIA Foundation argues a 2020 target will need rapidly increased funding and action.

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May 2015
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The Co-Facilitators of the inter-governmental negotiations, the UN Ambassadors of Kenya and Ireland, release a new zero draft of the Post-2015 Outcome Document with a revised road safety target for 2030. The #SaveKidsLives campaign begins a new phase focused on the Brasilia Global High Level Conference on Road safety, calling for action to achieve an SDG target.

Jul 2015
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SaveKidsLives

Negotiators decide not to re-open discussion of targets. The 2020 target agreed in July 2014 remains. Brazil’s UN Ambassador joins the FIA Foundation, WHO and UNICEF post-2015 negotiating teams to celebrate the achievement of including two road safety targets in the SDGs.

Aug 2015