Global action to combat a growing worldwide epidemic road deaths and injuries must become part of the UN’s new priorities for development, the UN General Assembly was told on 10 April as it passed a new Resolution to address the crisis.

The UN Open Working Group for the Post-2015 Development Goals has highlighted the “pressing need” to address road traffic injury and the adverse health effects of transport related air pollution and emissions in the new development agenda, according to its main progress report issued on 18 February 2014.

With a high profile leader article and feature, The Economist this week reports extensively on road traffic injury, which it acknowledges is an “epidemic raging across the developing world”.

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