Road Safety Benchmarking and Regional Road Safety ObservatoriesDaniele D'Onofrio
Next Tuesday 18 February 2020 (13h15-16h30) in the Mårten Winges room of the Grand Hotel Stockholm will be held a High level meeting on Road Safety Benchmarking and Regional Road Safety Observatories.
The meeting is part of the pre-events in the frame of of the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference of Road Safety held in Stockholm.
In many countries, there is a wide gap between official statistics and estimates of WHO published in the Global Status Report. Improvements in crash data collection and analysis systems are needed not only to more precisely know the total number of road deaths but also on the number of serious injuries. Tangible progress in road safety in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 will also require monitoring closely key road safety performance indicators.
In this context, regional road safety observatories present an opportunity for joint regional efforts in improving road safety data collection. Important economies of scale can also be achieved by adopting a regional approach.
This meeting will highlight the importance of reliable road safety data to develop sound road safety policies and the opportunities of road safety benchmarking to raise road safety on the political agenda and generate a positive emulation for road safety. It will discuss how road safety data can be used for improved road safety policy and the critical role of observatories, and lessons learned from this process. It will present progress already achieved in Latin America and Africa, and the initiatives in place to develop an Asia Pacific Observatory.
These various regional initiatives have received funding from the World Bank, the Global Road Safety Facility (through funding from UK Aid), the Africa Sustainable Transport Program (SSATP), the FIA Foundation and the Government of Japan (through the Quality Infrastructure Investment Partnership).