UN Road Safety Fund Annual Report 2021: Making an impact: safer roads, improved lives
This 2021 Annual Report marks the end of the Fund’s successful foundational phase, underpinned by a strong record of results – as highlighted in the 2021 independent evaluation. Now, the Fund is armed with the know-how, capacity and diverse partner engagement needed to scale its impact in 2022-2025. In line with the Global Plan of Action for Road Safety, and in the run-up to the UN High-Level Meeting on Improving Road Safety – alongside which the Fund’s first pledging conference will take place – the Fund stands ready to ramp up its contribution to delivering on a safer world and improved lives for all road users everywhere.
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The Fund is guided by the safe system principles embedded in the Global Plan of Action for Road Safety, which provide an overall framework for interventions that – when done systematically by steps and at scale – will lead to a sharp reduction in road deaths and injuries. The Fund’s projects achieved significant results across the road safety pillars in the five regions where there were operations.
Road safety projects are core to the Fund delivering its mandate. However, partnerships that drive innovation, synergies, awareness raising and co-financing, outside of Fund projects, are also central to the Fund’s value-add and success. The UN Road Safety Fund’s rapidly expanding public-private partnership worked hard in 2021 into early 2022 to make an impact across the global goals and the road safety agenda. To date, the partnership includes 30 beneficiary partner countries; 21 private sector and government funders; 11 UN specialized agencies and regional commissions; five celebrity champions; two multilateral development bank representatives; two research and academia bodies; and the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety comprised of close to 300 members across the globe.
Platforms of Engagement
The UN Road Safety Fund launched its six Platforms of Engagement in 2021: innovation labs made up of multi-stakeholder networks of 60+ thought leaders brainstorming how to shape mobility in a safer and more sustainable way. The Platforms are focused on facilitating the road safety ecosystem of actors to think through how road safety links closely to SDGs on low-carbon sustainable cities; education; gender equality; health; partnerships and data; and decent work and economic growth.
Global Advocacy and Outreach
The Fund was active across outreach and advocacy platforms in 2021 communicating on how road safety connects to improving people’s health and well-being worldwide. Through a series of campaigns, films, events and media – showcased on a newly launched website and via social media platforms – the Fund highlighted the need for citizens to rally together behind the urgent global call for safer roads for all.