Regional Meeting on Road Safety Facility Standards for the Asian Highway Network
In adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the international community set for itself the ambitious goal of attaining a 50% reduction in the number of road traffic deaths and injuries by 2020. In order to reach the target, governments of the region have to enhance their efforts and implement a series of measures, including the provision of safe road infrastructure. Moreover, in the third Ministerial Conference on Transport held in Moscow from 5 to 9 December 2016, the Transport Ministers of the ESCAP member countries adopted the “updated Regional Road Safety Goals and Targets for Asia and the Pacific, 2016-2020”. The set of Goals includes a Goal on developing the Asian Highway network as a model of road safety.
Among various factors that contribute to road crashes, infrastructure design plays an important role related to road safety. Road engineering and design can influence the severity of the crashes. In this regard, the Asian Highway “classification and design standards as stipulated” in annex II to the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Asian Highway Network (http://www.unescap.org/resources/intergovernmental-agreement-asian-highw...) provides the minimum standards and guidelines for the construction, improvement and maintenance of Asian Highway routes. However, it does not provide adequate guidance on road safety and road infrastructure safety facilities. To address the above, the secretariat, with financial and technical support from the Korea Expressway Corporation of the Republic of Korea, conducted a study during 2015-2017 on the development of road infrastructure safety facility standards for the Asian Highway network.
As outputs of the study, proposed minimum design standards of road infrastructure safety facilities for the Asian Highway network which could serve as a draft Annex IV to the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Asian Highway Network (for adoption by the Asian Highway member countries) and comprehensive design guidelines of road infrastructure safety facilities (which could serve as a recommended practice) were developed by the ESCAP secretariat with the help of international consultants.
In this regard, ESCAP organized an Expert Group Meeting at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok on 30 and 31 May 2017 to present and review the study findings and reports, and map out future actions (http://www.unescap.org/events/expert-group-meeting-road-infrastructure-s...).
As a follow-on to the previous Expert Group Meeting (EGM), ESCAP secretariat will organize a Regional Meeting on road safety facility standards for the Asian Highway Network on 30 and 31 August 2017 in Bangkok.
The Meeting will i) present revised versions of the documents drafted by the ESCAP secretariat with the help of international consultants and further review the contents of the documents, especially the draft Annex IV to the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Asian Highway Network (available at http://www.unescap.org/resources/intergovernmental-agreement-asian-highw...).
The draft Annex IV is on the technical standards of road infrastructure safety facilities for the Asian Highway network, which would be further considered for adoption by the member countries in the Seventh Meeting for the Working Group on the Asian Highway Network. The Meeting is scheduled for 6-7 December 2017 in Bangkok.
The Asian Highway member countries are encouraged to send their comments on the following documents available at this website:
a) Draft “technical standards of road infrastructure safety facilities” prepared by ESCAP consultant as minimum design standards for the Asian Highway Network, and
b) Draft “detail design guidelines of road infrastructure safety facilities for the Asian Highway Network” which would complement the technical standards as recommended guidelines for the provision of adequate road safety facilities along the Asian Highway Network to the ESCAP secretariat by 15 July 2017
Mr. Ishtiaque AHMED, Economic Affairs Officer, Transport Infrastructure Section, Transport Division at E-mail: [email protected], Telephone: +662-2881435.