The Second Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety took place in Brasilia on 18-19 November, 2015. The conference was a unique opportunity to bring together and reinvigorate road safety advocates from around the world, adding further impetus to the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety.
The Conference was attended by more than 2,200 delegates from more than 110 countries, including 70 ministers of transport, health and interior. Keynote speakers in the opening plenary included President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, Dr Margaret Chan, the Director of the World Health Organization and Zoleka Mandela. The meeting adopted the Brasilia Declaration which confirmed support for the Sustainable Development Goal target to halve deaths and injuries caused by traffic crashes by 2020.
The Declaration calls for a wide range of actions to improve road safety and contains strong commitments to vehicle safety, calling for the mandatory fitting of airbags, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control. The Conference also provided an opportunity for Member States to exchange information and best practices in road safety.
The Conference expanded the global vision for road safety articulated during the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in 2009, which convened more than 70 ministers of transport, health and interior, and 1500 other participants. Its key outcome was a declaration calling for the Decade of Action. Launched on 11 May 2011, the Decade of Action seeks to save 5 million lives over the ten-year period.
The Global Road Safety Partnership was well represented at the conference and presented, facilitated and participated in a number of key side events including the Insurance Industry Road Safety Panel during which leading global insurance company, AXA, announced their new membership of the GRSP.
For more information and to follow the outcomes of the conference: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/meetings/2015/conference-road-safety/en/