Vietnam makes firm 2030 road safety commitments at Round the World Roundtable initiative
The Vietnamese Government has become the first to make specific pledges of action to meet the road safety SDG target by 2030, in a new initiative led by the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety.
AIP Foundation hosted the launch of the first in a series of ‘Round the World Roundtables’ in Hanoi. The event was supported by the FIA Foundation and UPS Foundation and attended by UN Special Envoy for Road Safety and FIA President Jean Todt, senior members of the Government of Vietnam and NGO executives.
Round the World Roundtable events will be held on different continents as countries begin to mobilise and pledge specific actions in the lead up to the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Sweden in February 2020. During the event, Vietnam’s Minister of Transport handed a baton containing commitments to meet specific road safety targets.
The Vietnamese Government committed to increase child helmet wearing to over to over 80% by 2030; ban all counterfeit helmets which fail technical requirements and ensure the implementation of the three-year government road safety action plan.
“It is essential to increase the uptake of helmet use. Wearing a quality helmet has been proven to reduce drastically the of death and serious injury in the event of a crash. At the same time, it is essential to ensure that helmets available on the market meet acceptable safety standard to protect lives” said Jean Todt, UN Special Envoy for Road Safety.
AIP Foundation Founder and President, Greig Craft said, “The impact of head trauma on children and families remains a global health epidemic. The Government of Vietnam’s commitment is commendable and sets an example for other countries.” In turn, civil society partners and the corporate sector have committed to support the initiatives set out by the Government.
Through lobbying for the introduction of helmet legislation, AIP Foundation and National Coalition of Government, NGOs, corporate and international partners have helped to prevent 500,000 head injuries, and 15,000 fatalities in Vietnam, saving at least $3.5 billion USD, since 2008. UPS Foundation announced a new donation of $1million USD to support to support this work across South East Asia over the next two years.
Lotte Brondrum, Executive Director of the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety said, “Road fatalities globally are increasing. AIP Foundation is working side-by-side with us and our 225 other NGOs in 90 countries around the world to secure commitments that will save lives. Commitments at national level, such as this one, are critical to reversing the deadly trend and we applaud the Government of Vietnam for taking a stand.”