Key Priorities for 2016-2017
The Panel has a long-term vision, and intends to support all the points in its Manifesto where its contribution can be effective.
In 2016-17 it will work on the following priorities:
SUPPORTING THE LAUNCH OF A UN GLOBAL FUND FOR ROAD SAFETY
The Panel supports the goal of creating a new Global Fund for Road Safety, housed within the UN, as proposed in the 2016 UN Resolution on Improving Global Road Safety. This will build new momentum while also reinforcing the message that road safety must be treated on the same funding level as other global health challenges like AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
The Fund can play a key role by providing ‘catalytic funding’ to encourage low- and middle-income countries’ (LMICs) governments to take action and invest in road safety. Accumulated experience shows that catalytic funding is very effective in unlocking domestic resources, the multiplier effect being of an order of 40 or above.
IDENTIFYING NEW RESOURCES
The Panel is working to identify innovative financing mechanisms, that is, sources of funding that do not rely on traditional governmental donations. The goal is to identify new instruments that can provide significant and recurrent stream of revenues to finance road safety programmes.
In order to do this, the Panel aims to work with governments as well as the private sector, as both have a key role to play in working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In particular, the Panel will work with the mobility industry at large ( including car and tyre manufacturers, insurance companies, and technology companies) who all have a responsibility and an interest in ensuring that the expected expansion of motorisation in LMICs runs in parallel with improved road safety conditions.
REGIONAL OBSERVATORIES FOR ROAD SAFETY
Regional observatories for road safety are proving a very effective way to share knowledge, gather data and generate benchmarking exercises to identify best practices among countries that share similar road safety problems
Based on the Ibero-American Road Safety Observatory (OISEVI) model in Latin America, the Panel is supporting the establishment of regional observatories for road safety in other parts of the world such as Africa and Asia. In order to do this, the Panel will work with existing regional institutions that have the capacity and credibility to bring together all the relevant regional stakeholders.
Working with national and multilateral institutions, the Panel is supporting expert missions to selected countries to assess the situation on the ground, helping governments to design effective road safety strategies.
These missions will take place in response to the demand for unique road safety projects in LMICs around the world. The Panel is exploring the opportunity of sending its first missions to countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. During these missions, internationally renowned road safety experts will:
- Analyse the road safety situation in the country
- Come up with proposals for actions to reduce road-related fatalities
- Share the results so that they can be used by relevant stakeholder to improve road safety