GRSF Special Newsletter Issue
The 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety
Making progress together ⌵︎
Achieving Global Goals 2030
The 3rd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety was held on February 19-20, 2020, in Stockholm, Sweden and offered a major opportunity for the road safety community to come together to address the road safety crisis, and to influence many key stakeholders who may not identify themselves as part of the road safety agenda. The World Bank and the Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) were actively involved in the conference and numerous side-events. Our delegation was headed by Infrastructure Vice-President Makhtar Diop, and included South Asia Regional Vice-President Hart Schafer, Global Director Guangzhe Chen, and the Head of GRSF Soames Job.

The Swedish Minister for Infrastructure, Tomas Eneroth, presented the Stockholm Declaration, the main outcome of the conference. This ambitious and forward-looking statement connects road safety to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The declaration notes the increased commitment of the World Bank to road safety, and the increased support for the vital work of GRFS over the decade.

Download Stockholm Declaration
First Road Safety Profiles Report Will Help Save Lives on the Road

The World Bank’s GRSF launched the Guide for Road Safety Opportunities and Challenges: Low- and Middle-income Country Profiles during the 3rd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety in Stockholm.

This is the first report covering all 125 low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) and presenting data which allow monitoring across all the pillars of road safety action. The guide gives a precise assessment on the magnitude and complexity of road safety challenges faced LMICs and helps policy makers understand the road safety framework in context of their own country systems and performance.

Makhtar Diop, Guangzhe Chen and Soames Job presented the document in a press conference, where they 
talked about key findings and answered questions from different international media outlets.
Learn more here
GRSF in Action ⌵︎
Now is the time to turn ideas, experiences and shared knowledge and successes into action. A strong political commitment is required at all levels, together with regional and national strategies and road safety action plans and more effective funding of road safety.
The World Bank and GRSF co-sponsored, co-organized and had key speaking roles in 18 official high-level panels, sessions and side events in the 3rd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety. This representation was instrumental in reviewing the progress and defining ways to accelerate action on proven strategies to save lives.
High-level Panel
Financing Safe and Sustainable Transport
Presentation by Makhtar Diop
> Watch panel here
Parallel Session
Reaping the Benefits of Safe Speeds 
Hart Schafer & Soames Job

> Watch session here
> Somes Job presentation here

Parallel Session
Ensuring Equity and Gender Perspectives to Road Safety Solutions Session
Karla Gonzalez Carvajal
> Watch session here
Parallel Session
Managing Road Safety
Veronica Raffo
> Read more here

Parallel Session
Addressing the Implementation Gap in Road Safety 
Tawia Addo-Ashong
Side Event
How Do We Ensure Regional Buy-In and Delivery of What’s Been Agreed?  
Shomik Mehndiratta

Official Side event
Road Map for Safer Vehicles 2030 | Improving the Safety of Imported Used Vehicles  
Side Event
2nd African Ministerial Round Table 
Opening address by Makhtar Diop

Official Side event
The Global Network for Road Safety Legislators 
Tawia Addo-Ashong

Official Pre-Event
Road Safety Data and Regional Road Safety Observatories
Hartwig Schafer
Side Event
Innovation, Emerging Mobility Trends, and the Role of the Private Sector in Road Safety 
Karla Gonzalez Carvajal & Elena Lungu 

Side Event
The Global Roadmap of Action Towards Sustainable Mobility
Guangzhe Chen & Karla Gonzakez Carvajal
Official Pre-Event
iRAP Innovation Workshops

Safeguards and the Catalytic Role of Development Banks in LMICs 
Guangzhe Chen
> Watch presentation here

World Bank Guidelines and LMICs Research
Dipan Bose
> Download presentation here

>> Learn more about the event here
Official Pre-Event
FIA High Level Panel Meeting
Hartwig Schafer, Shomik Mehndiratta, Karla Gonzalez Carvajal & Veronica Raffo

Official Pre-Event
Globalizing Vision Zero: Generating Scientific Evidence for the Road Ahead
Soames Job

> Download presentation here
From That Day Our World Crumbled: The Human Cost of Inaction on Road Safety
Soames Job

> Read more here

Bloomberg Philanthropies Partners Meeting
Soames Job, Dipan Bose & Veronica Raffo

 Donors Highlights ⌵︎
Thanks to the efforts of donors and funders, GRSF facilitates sustainable road safety outcomes and results across the world. Current donors and funders are: DFID, DHSC (UK Department of Health and Social Care), Bloomberg Philanthropies, CITA (International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee), Total Foundation, the World Bank, and the Government of Japan.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Commits Additional $240 Million To Prevent Global Road Traffic Deaths

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a doubling of its support for global road safety, committing another $240 million from 2020 – 2025 to save 600,000 more lives and prevent up to 22 million injuries in low- and middle-income countries around the world. The six-year reinvestment in the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) with the GRSF and other partners, is expected to double its impact to date.
A kick-off partners meeting for the new initiative was hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies during the conference on February 21, 2020 attended by the World Bank Bloomberg project team including Soames Job, Dipan Bose and Veronica Raffo. The World Bank presentation focused on the conceptualization of a Speed Management Hub for the initiative (presented by Soames Job) and on Safe Mobility and Safe Infrastructure in select cities and countries (presented by Dipan Bose).

Check out this
overview prepared by the GRSF team of what the BIGRS Initiative has achieved so far, and what lies ahead.
> Read more here
CITA renews its GRSF contribution to build safer roads

The Comité International de l’Inspection Technique Automobile (CITA) announced the renewal of their contribution to the Global Road Safety Facility of the World Bank. This donation ceremony took place on February 17, 2020, during the CITA’s side event “Road Map for Safer Vehicles 2030”.
"We are delighted to share with you values on road safety for all, and we thank you for helping us to demonstrate that having safe and clean cars is feasible. We very much look forward to keeping on working together to achieve 2030’s targets”. With these words CITA's President, Gerhard Müller renovated the organization's involvement in road safety and environment protection at World Bank’s side.
In this event, Soames Job presented about challenges and solutions on
improving the safety of imported used vehicles.
> Read more here
Fighting Road Fatalities and Injuries with Better Crash Data: New Road Safety Observatory for the Asia-Pacific Region

The establishment of the first regional Road Safety Observatory in the Asia-Pacific region was announced in Stockholm. The observatory has support from GRSF, UK Aid, FIA Foundation and the Quality Infrastructure Investment (QII) Partnership between the World Bank and the Government of Japan. The launch presented the observatory’s mission of supporting countries of the region in boosting their capacity to collect, analyze, and share reliable road crash data, with the objective to drastically reduce the number of road deaths and crash injuries.
"The World Bank and GRSF stand ready to support countries with sound policy advice and investments on safer infrastructure, enforcement, and safer speed management," said Guangzhe Chen, Global Director for Transport and Regional Director for Infrastructure in South Asia, World Bank.

> Read more here
All Road Deaths are Preventable. We Can Make It Happen

World Bank Vice President for Infrastructure, Makhtar Diop, penned an exclusive opinion piece on the challenge of road safety funding, for the Ministerial Conference. In it he argues that it is vital that countries identify and secure long-term sustainable funding for road safety, while recognizing that this is not an easy task, especially where capacity and resources are low.

The World Bank and GRSF are assisting countries to identify sources and to leverage funding investment. For example, a GRSF safety assessment of the Tulu Dimtu–Kality Interchange Road in Ethiopia led to a road rehabilitation project totaling US$17.5 million in government investment, a leveraging ratio of over US$80 per dollar.

> Read Vice-President Diop op-ed on road safety here

GRSF plays a key role in global road safety research, leadership and advocacy by participating in numerous influential initiatives. A video, presented by Guangzhe Chen in his opening remarks at the iRAP Innovation Workshop,  highlights a few examples of GRSF’s effective delivery of global road safety solutions.
The GRSF team also had the opportunity to meet with various ministers, delegations and other key stakeholders to thank them for their partnership and exchange ideas for new ways of collaboration. These included: Prince Michael of the United Kingdom, Dagmawit Moges, Minister of Transport of Ethiopia, delegations from iRAP, EIB, Total Foundation, Global NCAP, Towards Zero Foundation, European Union, CITA, EASST/Fire Aid, ITF, FIA, GRSP, Independent Council for Road Safety International, Global Alliance of Road Safety NGOs, Toyota Motors, MDB RS Working Group, and various researchers and journalists.
GRSF Research in Stockholm ⌵︎
Evidence-based knowledge to address the road safety crisis
Guide for Determining Readiness for Speed Cameras and Other Automated Enforcement

This guide has been prepared to assist implementing agencies to determine the level of readiness to move to automated enforcement (AE). Speed cameras enforcing speed limits are a common application of AE and there are many systemic legal and operational elements that must be in place before AE can be effective.

> Download Guide here
GRSF: Leveraging Global Road Safety Successes – vol 02

This publication highlights a few examples of GRSF’s effective delivery of global road safety solutions for the period of 2017-2019. From reducing road crash deaths and injuries in Ho Chi Min City to increasing road safety investments in Addis Ababa – the report summarizes lessons and results from multiple country contexts. 

Road safety interventions carried out in Colombia, Ethiopia, Nepal, Morocco, Bolivia, Togo, China and Thailand present opportunities for expanding this work to other client countries.

> Download Report here
Safer Roads to Add Over $1 Trillion to South Asian Economies 

The report Road Safety in South Asia: Opportunities for Shared Regional Initiatives, points to the high death rate on the eastern subregion's roads caused by chronic lack of investment in systemic, targeted, and sustained road safety programs and identifies relevant investment priorities to reverse the trend.
The regional report is accompanied by country reports for
Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
> Read more here
The Ministerial Conference High Level Panels and concurrent sessions were webcast live and can be viewed here. Photos courtesy of Mikael Ullén. See event's photo gallery here.
About the GRSF
Established in 2006, GRSF is a global partnership program administered by the World Bank with the mission to help address the growing crisis of road traffic deaths and injuries in low and middle income countries through funding, knowledge transfer, technical assistance and advocacy.
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