Work starts on the Eastern Partnership Road Safety Observatory

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We are happy to announce that as of February 1, 2024 the Eastern Partnership Regional Road Safety Observatory (EaP RSO) is up and running. Hosted by the Ministry of Economic Development of Georgia, the Technical Secretariat is led by the ISET Policy Institute and EASST, and is located in Tbilisi, Georgia, at the ISET Policy Institute.

This important regional endeavor, which is funded by the European Commission and supported by the World Bank, is dedicated to contributing swiftly and efficiently to the global target of reducing road traffic death and injury by 50% by 2030 across the five Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. To achieve this goal, the EaP RSO facilitates the sharing of best practice and the exchange of data to establish a robust foundation of evidence-based approaches to road safety.

Its primary focus is on enhancing the capacity of EaP countries in data collection, reliability, and analysis, crucial for informing road safety policy development. While the Observatory will centralize some country-level data, its primary role is to catalyze the development or reinforcement of national road safety data collection, management, and analysis systems, encompassing key road risks beyond crashes.

The video used above introduces the Observatory and explains why reducing road death and injury is so important. It was produced with the support of the World Bank for World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2023.

More information about the Observatory and its activities is forthcoming, with an official launch event being planned for Spring 2024.