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UN urges world action to cut 1.3 million road deaths in half

2/7/2022 6:51
        The U.N. General Assembly's first high-level meeting on road safety called Friday for global action to cut the annual toll of nearly 1.3 million deaths and 50 million injuries in traffic crashes by at least half by decade's end.
        
        The political declaration adopted by consensus on the final day of the two-day session says traffic deaths and injuries not only cause widespread suffering for loved ones but cost countries an average of 3% to 5% of their annual gross domestic product.
        
        It says that "makes road safety an urgent public health and development priority.”
        
        The delegates urged all countries to commit to scaling up efforts and setting national targets to reduce fatalities and serious injuries as called for in the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030.
        
        Addressing Thursday’s opening session, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that road accidents are the primary cause of death globally of young people ages 5 to 29, and that nine out of 10 victims are in low- and middle-income countries.
        



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