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Multilateral Development Banks Increase Commitment

17 November 2020

Ten Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) signed a high-level joint statement on road safety , under the auspices of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration. 

The joint statement highlights the MDBs’ aim to provide further access to safe, affordable and sustainable transport systems for all and to improve road safety, with special attention to the needs of vulnerable road users. The signatory MDBs also aim to seek synergies with other priorities, such as climate action and resilience and have announced the appointment of high-level Road Safety Champions in each institution to promote road safety.

In the statement, the MDBs welcome the global call for increased road safety action, ambition, international cooperation and multilateralism in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals for road safety. The statement highlights the MDBs’ aim to provide further access to safe, affordable and sustainable transport systems for all and to improve road safety, with special attention to the needs of vulnerable road users. The signatory MDBs also aim to seek synergies with other priorities, such as climate action and resilience, by expanding support for public transport. The banks will therefore appoint high-level Road Safety Champions in each institution to promote road safety.

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