Global road safety pact as 1.25m annual victims remembered
Tim Hanlon
There are almost 1.25m people killed on the roads each year. /National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty

There are almost 1.25m people killed on the roads each year. /National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty


With almost 1.25 million people killed in road traffic accidents each year, an international pact to improve safety has been made – and this Saturday commemorates those who have lost their lives.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims draws attention to the tragedies and huge suffering caused by road crashes, as well as the work by support and rescue services.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has joined eight multilateral development banks (MDBs) in signing a Road Safety Declaration to improve safety. Traffic accidents are considered to be a public health hazard globally.


It is a fresh effort to cut the number of deaths by raising the importance of road safety targets for countries. 

A high-level joint statement, signed by the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Development Bank of Latin America, the EBRD, the European Investment Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Islamic Development Bank and the World Bank, confirms the MDBs' commitment to implement the 2020 Road Safety Declaration.




"Our bank has invested almost 44 billion euros [$52 billion] in various sustainable infrastructure projects and a significant part of these funds was used to build and upgrade roads in the region," said Nandita Parshad, managing director of the EBRD's sustainable infrastructure group.

"As responsible investors, we are taking road safety issues very seriously and are committed to contribute to sizeable improvements. We believe that joint action with our fellow MDBs is the right way forward."

The 2020 declaration builds on the results of the third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, which took place in February this year in Stockholm and was attended by 1,700 high-level delegates from 140 countries. 

It helped raise global awareness of road safety and called for a new global push to reduce road traffic-related deaths and injuries by 50 percent by 2030.