Seminar series about the new UN resolution coming up this spring!

How can we in the research community together continue to utilize the opportunities that come with the UN Conference and the Stockholm Declaration, the base for the new UN resolution on traffic safety that was adopted this autumn? This is what we are going to find out together with some support from external experts this spring! Join us in the upcoming seminar series: Borderless traffic safety research - setting the plan towards 2030 - Implementation of the nine recommendations supporting the new UN resolution and Agenda 2030.

In February 2020, Sweden hosted the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety. The UN conference gathered about 1,700 delegates from 140 countries. In addition to the exchange of knowledge and experience, the conference resulted in "The Stockholm Declaration", a strategic agenda and recommendations to achieve the global sustainability goals by 2030 and halve the number of fatalities in traffic between 2020 and 2030. At SAFER and Chalmers Area of Advance Transport, we now together see a great opportunity to take advantages of each other’s strengths to both contribute to the global sustainability goals and be inspired and guided in our research.  

As a next step to maximizing our collective and individual opportunities, a webinar series will be held, comprising three sessions to get an even deeper understanding of the recommendations in order to utilize the outcome and initiate the strategic work. In the webinars the members of the Academic Expert Group that developed the concepts behind the Stockholm Declaration and the recommendations in “Saving lives beyond 2020 – the next steps” will present their strategic thoughts behind the recommendations and some ideas on how we together can take on the common challenges.

  • WEBINAR SERIES: The outcome of the UN Conference on road safety and the Stockholm declaration - Implementation of the nine recommendations supporting the new UN resolution and Agenda 2030
  • TIMING: Three sessions; January 19, February 25 and March 31
  • LOCATION: Online – Teams
  • PURPOSE: Create understanding for the Stockholm Declaration and the nine recommendations “Saving lives beyond 2020 – the next steps” and how these together with the research community can support the Agenda 2030 and the Global Sustainable Development Goals. We also want to identify possible research questions and projects, suitable for us to address in a multi-disciplinary research environment. 
  • REGISTRATION: see link below


Recommendation #9

DATE: January 19, 2020 09:30-10:45

From a Swedish perspective, the Stockholm declaration is very much a matter of successfully implementing technologies and policies, based on existing research in an effective way – to really achieve the desired effects. Recommendation # 9 Technology is probably the recommendation closest to our current research. 
In order to quickly and equitably realize the potential benefits of emerging technologies to road safety, including, but not limited to, sensory devices, connectivity methods and artificial intelligence, the Academic Expert Group recommends that corporations and governments incentivize the development, application and deploy¬ment of existing and future technologies. This in order to improve all aspects of road safety from crash prevention to emergency response and trauma care, with special attention given to the safety needs and social, economic and environmental conditions of low- and middle-income nations.

But what kind of technology should be used and what driving forces for development are there? What role does for example the connectivity and geofencing play? Technology transfer from e.g. cars to motorbikes and bicycles, and between different parts of the world, are other interesting perspectives; how can we make this happen? How can we make the most out of what we already do and which are the new research questions we can contribute for this recommendation, e.g. linked to geofencing, which is mentioned as an example? Scientific based decisions are needed, how can we contribute and support? These are questions discussed in this seminar.

•    Prof. Claes Tingvall, Chalmers University of Technology and Chairman of the Academic expert group
•    Prof. Shaw Voon Wong, University Putra and member of the Academic Expert Group
•    PhD. Cecilia Sunnevång, Vice President Research, Autoliv


How to connect to other Sustainable development Goals to gain momentum

DATE: February 25, 2020 11:30-13:00

As an independent endeavor, the road safety movement is limited in potential reach and influence. Positioned as a special interest, road safety is often subordinate to other social needs and can gain progress only where it can achieve attention by road users or those who make decisions about roads and vehicles. But if recognized as a basic necessity that can facilitate progress in meeting social needs ranging from gender equity to environmental sustainability, the potential of road safety can be greatly expanded. 

Integrating road safety among the Sustainable Development Goals is an important step toward embedding road safety expectations and activities in the far-ranging daily processes of governments and in the operations of corporations, businesses and civic organizations globally. Substantial levels of such widespread integration have yet to be achieved but have the potential to expand interventions to a scale where road deaths and serious injuries would be reduced to near zero.
This seminar will cover ideas on how road safety can come out of the little corner it's been put in and how this in turn will give opportunities for the research community.

•    Prof. Claes Tingvall, Chalmers University of Technology and Chairman of the Academic Expert Group
•    Associate Prof. Maria Krafft, Swedish Transport Administration and member of the Academic Expert Group
•    Matthew Baldwin, DG MOVE Deputy Director General - European Coordinator for Road Safety. 
•    Daniel Helldén, Traffic council, City of Stockholm
•    Pedro Homem de Gouveia, Coordinator for Road Safety & Security, POLIS network


Reporting and procurement (recommendation #1 and #2)

DATE: March 31, 2020 15:00-16:15

Some of the recommendations involve the responsibilities with respect to road safety of large enterprises and other stakeholders having complex value/supply chains. This has initiated a discussion about the following question: 
Everyone who loses their life in traffic is a victim of someone's value chain (in a wide definition). This way of thinking can provide entirely new ways of looking at responsibility. If each company or organisation starts to regularly report its footprints for traffic casualties in the same way as for example climate impact, there will be an increased focus for improvement, for example with regards to requirements for procurement, actions and follow-up. 

In this seminar we will get an even deeper understanding on what kind of traffic safety research that we need to initiate to support the implementation of the Stockholm declaration. What does the market perspective look like and what can we expect from the companies in this work?

•    Prof. Claes Tingvall, Chalmers University of Technology and Chairman of the Academic Expert Group
•    Prof. Maria Segui-Gomez, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and member of the Academic Expert Group
•    Elisabeth Munck af Rosenschöld, Global Sustainability Manager, IKEA 

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SAFER is the open research arena where researchers and expertise work together to create safe mobility. Our traffic safety approach covers people, vehicles and the infrastructure – and together we contribute to safer road transports and smarter, more sustainable cities.

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