ITS Ireland Webinar – UNECE Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety
Event date : 02/03/2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Speaker – Dr. Luciana Iorio
Road Safety principles and guidelines , as universally shared and acknowledged in the Conventions on Road Traffic and Road Signs and Signals , stand as harmonizing essential legal references for traffic regulation worldwide. They are seen, now more than ever before, as key factors enabling safe and sustainable mobility, cohesiveness in transport governance, social welfare and fair sustainable economic growth.
In this context, the agenda of the UNECE World Forum for Road Traffic Safety (Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety ), works on the strategic programmatic points as framed by the UNGA Resolutions ( last 2020-A / RES / 74/299 ) , the Agenda 2030 and the Global plan of Action for Road Safety. The Group , also known as WP1, works steadily to update the Conventions and to draft more flexible non- binding tools , as the Resolutions, in relation to fast evolving topics as, for example, the automotive technology.
On this note, notwithstanding the rapid development of automotive technology and the availability of assisted driving systems, the Global Forum prefers an in –depth approach when revising and updating the Treaties or casting the legal replicable mould for Resolutions. This prudent approach is critically important to well address the new role of the driver in the upcoming context of automated driving systems, while- at same time- preserving the Conventions principles and, more so, safeguarding the proper interaction of road users, in particular the vulnerable ones , in the challenging traffic environment of the next future.
To this end, numerous aspects are analysed from time to time, with the involvement of experts, for example in the field of ethical philosophy applied to the use of artificial intelligence, human-machine interaction (HMI) and the identification of the principle of shared responsibility with automated systems.
The global agenda bears also additional perspectives, by focusing on the capacity building projects to implement road safety in some critical areas of other UN Regions. Road Safety , as said before, means also safe inclusive mobility, which grants access to educational and working opportunities, development and social progress. This is the case of the long standing South East Asia project , in close collaboration with IRTE ( Institute of Road Traffic Education- Delhi ) or the continuous fruitful collaboration with the neighbouring countries of the Mediterranean area through the EUroMed program.
The Global Forum follows and supports the work of the UN Special Envoy for Road Safety HE Mr. Jean Todt, as well as the objectives and strategic decisions of the UNRSF (United Nations Fund for Road Safety).
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