On September 2 Africa Road Safety 2015 gets underway in Lusaka, Zambia.
Road safety is a critical issue in Africa that requires immediate attention. While the African Region possesses only 2% of the world’s vehicles, it accounts for 16% of global road deaths; this is 24.1 deaths per 100,000 population, well above the global average (WHO, 2013).
Taking a critical step toward addressing this, representatives from 31 African countries have registered to attend the event to discuss the serious gaps in legislation and policy that exist in countries across the continent, particularly in the sub-Saharan region. Key influencers at the event include:
- senior government officials, from road safety, transport, health, police and education – including the Minister of Transport, Zambia
- road safety researchers and experts
- representatives of NGOs working in road safety in the region
- key private sector organizations operating throughout Africa
The event will comprise a range of capacity building workshops, keynote addresses and plenary sessions over two full days. A communications strategy to maintain engagement with pledge-makers will be launched to facilitate and encourage continued action and monitoring of outcomes to share with conference delegates in 2016.
The event is jointly organized by the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) Geneva and Zambia, Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) Zambia and the Sub Sahara Africa Transport Policy Programme (SSATP) with funding and technical support through the Global Road Safety Initiative, a private sector road safety collaboration comprising Shell, Total and Toyota.