Capacity Building and Conferences

Strengthening Road Safety

Strengthening capacity at local and national level to address road safety is essential. This section provides an overview of capacity building activities aimed at:

  • Improving capacities of government officials at the national level to implement road safety strategies and programmes. Target beneficiaries include ministerial government entities responsible for road safety such as transport, public works, urban planning, education, justice, police, health, and legislative bodies.
  • Empowering local authorities to play a key role in promoting urban road safety. Local Authorities are key positioned to work closely with civil society to change road user behaviour and manage critical risk factors such as local speed limits, among others. 


Road Safety Conference

Road Safety and Digital Innovation: Asia Pacific Conference

25-26 April 2019, Shanghai, China

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and its International Training Centre for Authorities and Leaders in Shanghai (CIFAL Shanghai) in collaboration with the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS), Tongji University and AB InBev, hosted the two-day “Road Safety and Digital Innovation: Asia-Pacific Conference” in Shanghai, with a focus on using innovative solutions to address road safety issues. 

Using new technology such as smart traffic light and traffic control systems, artificial intelligence, the use of telematics and automotive technology can contribute to prevent and reduce the number of road related accidents and improve road safety.  Mobile network and fast data transmission solutions can be used, for instance, to collect data on vehicles on the road and condition of roads, as well to provide real-time weather information and warnings. Ultimately with the objective of reducing accidents.

Attended by over 80 government officials, experts and business leaders from China and the Asia-Pacific region to exchange best practices and ideas on how technology can be applied to enhance road safety.  The conference focused on China’s road safety and innovative digital solutions to reducing traffic casualties.

Road Safety Africa Conference

26-27 November 2018 I Johannesburg, South Africa

At the Road Safety Africa Conference held in Johannesburg, South Africa on 26-27 November 2018, 93 senior government authorities, private sector executives, academics, international organizations’ representatives, road safety experts and civil society leaders from South Africa and the region gathered to exchange knowledge and best practices to improve road safety, as well as to develop city-to-city collaborations and multi-stakeholder support towards road safety interventions in the region.

To support these goals, the “Network of Universities on Road Safety” was introduced during the Conference. This initiative aims to provide a platform to promote research into road safety and further facilitate the exchange best practices, while contributing to the development of policy proposals and road safety strategies.

The Initiative’s key objective is to leverage this Network’s academic expertise to assist government officials in developing strategies and practical solutions that help improve road safety.

The Network will meet regularly to review ongoing work, provide key insights on how academic institutions are contributing to road safety and highlight the impact this network has on providing practical solutions to addressing current challenges.

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Road Safety High Level Conference

28-29 August 2018 I Gurugram, India

The Road Safety High Level Conference was organized along a multi-stakeholder approach, bringing together government authorities, businesses, academic institutions, international organizations, road safety experts and civil society to exchange knowledge and practical solutions to reducing road traffic fatalities,while fostering collaboration to achieve road safety targets. 


The Conference provided a venue to achieve the following key objectives:

  1. Facilitate the exchange of knowledge and sharing of effective solutions that reduce road traffic related deaths.
  2. Empower government officials with technical know-how and management skills to implement interventions that improve road safety.
  3. Mobilize stakeholders from different sectors to support road safety interventions in the City of Gurugram

The Conference concluded with the meeting of the Safer Roads for Gurugram Initiative Working Group,
where participants reviewed the initiative’s progress, defined next steps and discussed impact-oriented joint road safety solutions for Gurugram.

The Working Group is comprised of representatives from UNITAR, AB InBev, DLF Foundation, Apollo Tyres, Pepsico, Haryana Vision Zero, Indian Road Safety Campaign (IRSC), CSIR-Central Road Research Institute (CSIR-CCIR), Safe Road Foundation, All India
Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC).

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