1.3m people die annually from road accidents, says UN

The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed says 1.3 million drivers, passengers and pedestrians die each year on the world’s roads.

The UN deputy chief spoke at the UN General Assembly where she highlighted the opportunities offered by the UN Road Safety Trust Fund.

Mohammed stated this as UN took a major step to address this tragedy by launching a trust fund to spur action that could save lives and prevent the loss of opportunity associated with road accidents.

“We have a chance to save the lives of millions of people around the world, and to prevent injuries, suffering and the loss of opportunity associated with road accidents,” she said.

The UN deputy scribe urged all stakeholders to contribute to the Trust Fund and to step up their efforts to achieve global road safety targets.

According to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), which is also the secretariat for the Trust Fund, every 1,500 dollars contributed to the Fund could save one life; prevent 10 serious injuries and leverage 51,000 dollars towards investments in road safety.

“The Road Safety Trust Fund will serve as a catalyst for much-needed progress towards the road safety targets of the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Ms Olga Algayerova, the head of UNECE.

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