The Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) has promised to redouble its efforts to encourage more action, seek more political engagement and create more impact as it marks its 20th anniversary.

In 1998 the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) published its World Disaster Report which brought international attention to the fact that road deaths and injuries were a man-made humanitarian crisis. Shortly after, in 1999, as a joint initiative of the IFRC, the UK’s Department for International Development and the World Bank, the GRSP was born with a mission of “working towards the sustainable reduction of road-crash death and injury in low- and middle-income countries”.

“Despite the global efforts of the road safety community, the global number of deaths and injuries is still on the rise. As a community of practitioners, we collectively need to continue working towards the UN-set road safety targets, as there is much more to be done,” said David Cliff, GRSP’s CEO. “This 20th anniversary gives us the opportunity to celebrate our achievements and impact, but also to reflect on where to go in the years to come to fulfil our vision and mission.”

Active in more than 40 countries, GRSP has created and supported multi-sector road safety partnerships that are engaged with front-line good practice road safety interventions in countries and communities throughout the world.

The anniversary will be marked with special events, new projects, engagement in different geographies and partnerships with new stakeholders to help increase good practice interventions.