EASST Annual Report 2023
This year we have continued our core work which includes supporting our local NGO partners in advancing 30km/h school zones while advocating for and promoting child-friendly street design. We have laid the groundwork for a number of significant projects, which will begin in early 2024 and carry us through the next few years. We have also taken time this year to reflect and to prepare for our future. We have assessed our organisational structure with our sights set on ensuring a reduction of road casualties by 50% by 2030.
In the summer, we bid a fond farewell to our retiring chair, the Rt Hon Lord Larry Whitty. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Larry for his service over the past six years and for all that he has done to support EASST. He has led EASST as we have grown our network and influence at national, regional and global levels, and steered us through some particularly challenging times – including a global pandemic and significant regional instability. However, I am pleased to announce that Larry will still be involved with EASST as a Patron. The Rt Hon Lord Robertson of Port Ellen will join also join us as a new Patron next year following his retirement as Chair of the FIA Foundation.
I would also like to thank Lord Alf Dubs and Nigel Peters, both long standing Trustees and friends of EASST, who stepped down earlier this year. On behalf of everyone at EASST, I wish them both all the best.
In terms of our organisational development, we have begun the process of transitioning the legal status of EASST from a Charitable Trust to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). This is primarily an administrative change, but one that signals our growth as an organisation. We look forward to the new opportunities this change will bring, enabling us to develop the work we do and ensure greater impact.
From a road safety perspective, we are pleased to see that the rate of road casualties is declining globally and across our region. The results of the latest WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety, published earlier this month, demonstrate notable progress and cause for optimism. Across our 13 EASST partner countries, the number of WHO estimated road traffic fatalities has decreased annually by 15% compared to data from 2018 and we are delighted to report a reduction in the rate of road fatalities per 100,000 of the population across all our countries.
I congratulate all our EASST partners on the work they are doing locally to contribute to these achievements. From advocating for lower speeds and safer school zones to building local road safety capacity – our partners’ ongoing work, which we will explore more throughout our 2023 annual report, is having a demonstrable impact.
However, as always, there is more to do and road safety remains an urgent issue. The rate of road fatalities in our region is still more than double that of the EU 27 countries. Globally, the report also points to a growing number of casualties amongst pedestrians (+3%) and cyclists (+20%) since 2010. As we support the transition towards more active mobility, we need to ensure that safety is at the forefront of our efforts. Looking forward, promoting safe active travel will be an important area of our work and critical to achieving the global target of reducing road casualties by 50% by 2030.
Larry Sherwin, Chair of EASST
EASST Annual Report 2023
This year we have continued our core work which includes supporting our local NGO partners in advancing 30km/h school speed zones while advocating for and promoting child-friendly street design. We have laid the groundwork for a number of significant projects, which will begin in early 2024 and carry us through the next few years. Find out more in our 2023 Annual Report.