Moving People Safely in Cities: GRSP/SSATP International Road Safety Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Working to improve data management systems and promote effective pedestrian safety interventions in cities are two critical milestones that require special attention as countries strive towards the realization of the goals of the Decade of Action for Road Safety.
To this end, the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) and the Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP) – two organizations that embrace the notion of a world free of road car crash death and injury – collaborated in 2012 to co-host a sub-regional ‘Road Safety in Cities’ conference in Lusaka, Zambia.
Key outcomes of the Lusaka conference include agreeing that city planning and development should be guided by the fundamental principle to move people efficiently and safely; and identifying the need to create regional groups of practitioners, using the existing structure of the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), for the purpose of knowledge sharing.
Building on the success of this conference and to further develop the work underway as a result, GRSP and SSATP hosted the seminar, ‘Moving People Safely in Cities’. The seminar was held over two days, September 4-5, 2013, at the United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The event convened delegates from all over Africa and experts from around the world to identify and develop strategies for making cities safer for vulnerable road users.