At the turn of their 50th anniversary, the Vienna Conventions on Road Traffic and on Road Signs and Signals from 1968 are more relevant than ever.
Road traffic fatalities in Nigeria kill an estimated 21 out of every 100,000 people, according to WHO estimates. Together with this human cost, an estimated 3% of the country’s GDP is lost to road traffic crashes each year.
Efficient and interconnected transport corridors integrating all transport modes (so-called “intermodal transport”, smoothly integrating sea, rail, road and air) are key to facilitate commercial exchanges and movements of people in a safe, efficient and sustainable way, thus fostering economic activity and sustainable development.
As efforts advance to fully operationalize the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund, launched in April 2018, targeted individual actions can help meet urgent needs to improve road safety on the ground.
The Albanian vehicle fleet has increased dramatically within the last ten years, and while the overall number of fatal traffic accidents over the last two years has decreased, the country still faces serious challenges.
Despite significant efforts in recent years with the adaption of national action plans, the state of road safety in Georgia remains worrying, with the number of road accidents and fatalities more than twice as high as the EU average. With a fatality rate of 15.6/100,000 inhabitants in 2016, or almost two fatal accidents per day, traffic accidents are firmly placed in the top five causes of death in Georgia.
Reducing the variations between vehicle emissions measured in laboratory and on-road conditions has become an important dimension of efforts to tackle the environmental and health impact of cars.
Saudi Arabia has become the 74th Contracting Party to the United Nations’ TIR Convention, the only global customs transit system. Joining the Convention facilitates trade and the seamless and secure movement of goods across borders.
Inland Navigation has an important role to play to advance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Its advantages in terms of high safety level, efficiency in energy use and costs, as well as low emissions could offer key contributions to reducing transport and logistics costs, as well as congestions on the road, if countries use them to their full potential.
Every year 1.25 million people are killed and up to 50 million are injured in road traffic accidents, making it one of the most pressing health emergencies of our time. Every day 500 children lose their lives because of road accidents. It is the leading cause of death for young people aged 15 to 29 and the eighth leading cause of death globally.