- Multi-stakeholder Panel 3: Sustained domestic investments and international financing for capacity-building and development assistance in evidence-based road safety interventions. Keynote speaker: Mr. Francois Bausch, DPM, Minister of Transport, Luxembourg
Road traffic crashes claim nearly 1.3 million lives every year and are the leading cause of death among children and young adults. In addition to the human suffering caused by road traffic injuries, they also incur a heavy economic burden on victims and their families, both through treatment costs for the injured and through loss of productivity of those killed or disabled. More broadly, road traffic injuries have a serious impact on national economies, costing countries 3% of their annual gross domestic product. For this reason, SDG target 3.6 called for the halving of the number of road traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2020. Ensuring the safety of transport systems is also directly linked to SDG targets on sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11) and climate action (SDG 13).