Mulombo, who represented Dewan, said more than 1.3 million people are killed in road accidents each year, with more than 50 million killed since the first road death 125 years ago.
“It was worth noting that Road Traffic Injuries (RTIs) were the eighth leading cause of death worldwide and now the number one cause of death among children and young adults ages 5-29. .
“In addition to the trauma of injury and bereavement, RTIs also have a devastating economic impact on countries, communities, and families.”
He said that the collaboration involved ministries, departments, agencies, international and local NGOs, community organizations, academia and the organized private sector, among others.
The WHO official said that RTIs have multiple determinants and affect many people, thus requiring collaborative action to address them.
“Together with the UN regional commissions and in cooperation with other partners in the UN Road Safety Collaboration, WHO developed the Global Plan 2021-2030.
“This is for the Decade of Action with the ambitious goal of preventing at least 50% of road traffic deaths and injuries by 2030.
“The plan emphasizes a holistic approach to tackling road safety and aims to inspire countries, including governments and partners.
“This is also acting boldly and decisively, using the tools and insights gained from the past Decade of Action to turn the tide on this threat,” he said.
Ibeanusi said the UN Resolution in 2010 facilitated the first UN Decade of Action to address the expected increase in the number of people killed and injured by road traffic accidents forecast to around 1.9 million people by 2020.
Ibeanusi said that despite modest progress in halting the trend, efforts by various governments and groups, particularly in countries like Nigeria where the burden was highest, have not yielded the desired results.
“Failing to meet the goal of reducing the RTCs from the 1st UNDARSIP by 2020, the UN declared the 2nd UNDARSIP, giving us another good opportunity to correct the mistakes of the past,” he said.
Ibeanusi said the theme of the commemoration, “Justice”, was on point as it was one of the most neglected aspects in the approach to RTCs, despite the fact that it is a critical pillar of road safety management.
“When an established law is violated, there must be consequences that must be swift, decisive but proportional.
“When this is not done, lessons are often never learned and people are never deterred from repeat offenses.
“Victims of such crimes are always frustrated when traffic offenders are never held accountable,” he said.
Ibeanusi therefore urged countries and institutions to intensify efforts to ensure justice for the victims of RTCs.
He also called for help in easing the frustrations of victims and their families, adding that appropriate punishment for traffic violations and offenders would serve as a deterrent to others.
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