Welcome to the Make Roads Safe campaign's UN diary, where we are counting down to a potentially historic debate on global road safety at the UN General Assembly in New York on 31st March.
For the past 21 months, since the Commission for Global Road Safety launched its Make Roads Safe report in June 2006, we have been campaigning across the world to persuade policymakers, and the public, that the road injury epidemic needs greater political commitment and funding. More than 900,000 people have signed the Make Roads Safe petition calling for a first ever UN Ministerial Conference, we are aiming for a million names by the time of the debate. Thanks to a broad coalition of road safety NGOs, automobile clubs and public health organisations who have mobilised support and political attention in their own countries, the issue of global road safety is now being discussed and publicised at an unprecedented level.
We are now working to get our proposal for a UN Ministerial Conference adopted in a new resolution at the UN General Assembly. It is more than a year since the proposal was first discussed by the UN - at the Inland Transport Committee in Geneva, where the UK government spoke up strongly in favour. Since then the Russian Government has offered to host the UN Conference and the Sultanate of Oman, which has played the leading role in promoting global road safety at the UN, authoring three previous resolutions, is spearheading efforts to get this new resolution approved.
We will be using this blog to post on the progress of our campaign over the coming month as we work towards the New York meeting.