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The Asia-Pacific Road Safety Observatory’s annual meeting for 2021 was held on 9 to 11 November and featured two days of presentations on road safety data management from the viewpoints of member countries and founding development organizations, and a final day devoted to establishing APRSO’s new governance structure.


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) are proud to announce the signing of a 5-year agreement to promote programmes and projects for safe and sustainable transport in Asia and the Pacific.

The coordinators will connect various agencies that collect crash and other road safety data.
By getting emergency responders to train together, co-develop protocols, and share data, we inch closer to halving road deaths by 2030.
Dive into the important work by two foundations to educate young children on road safety, and also improve the safety of the schools themselves.
The International Road Assessment Programme is implementing a system that assigns star ratings to roads, helping to expose high-risk spots.
150 traffic police officers are now trained in speed enforcement, which could lead to deterring an estimated 30,000 speeding drivers.
Day two of the Asia Pacific Road Safety Observatory’s first annual meeting was entitled ‘Country Experiences in Collecting, Analyzing & Managing Data’ and kicked off with a case study from the Philippines where, since the introduction of distracted driving laws, the number of crashes attributable to this cause has plummeted from 773 in 2017 to just 26 in 2019.

On day one of the Asia Pacific Road Safety Observatory’s inaugural annual meeting, 130 registered attendees from across 32 member countries and partner organisations gathered on Zoom to discuss the challenge of collecting and collating road safety data for more informed policy making.


On 21st & 22nd April this year ADB will be hosting the first annual meeting of the Asia Pacific Road Safety Observatory.  The invite-only virtual event will discuss and seek agreement from 20 APRSO member countries on proposed minimum road safety performance indicators and agree steps towards establishing the APRSO road safety database


We are proud to announce that the Asia-Pacific Road Safety Observatory, along with the African Road Safety Observatory, have been awarded the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for their outstanding achievement and innovation in improving road safety in their respective regions.

This award recognizes the countries in Africa and the Asia-Pacific that have decided to work together to improve the quality and availability of road safety data in their regions.

Prince Michael of Kent has sent along this short congratulatory message.

Videos from the Global Meeting of Regional Road Safety Observatories are now available. Please follow the links below for the full videos on Youtube.
Video message by Hartwig Schafer, World Bank Vice President for South Asia, during the First Workshop on the Implementation of the Asia Pacific Road Safety Observatory, 26 August 2020.
Video message by Young Tae Kim, Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum (ITF), during the First Workshop on the Implementation of the Asia Pacific Road Safety Observatory, 26 August 2020.
Video message by Jean Todt, President of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), during the First Workshop on the Implementation of the Asia Pacific Road Safety Observatory, 26 August 2020.
This video documents keynotes and speeches from the Road Safety Benchmarking and Regional Road Safety Observatories High-level Meeting, a high-level meeting that explored the importance of reliable road safety data to develop sound road safety policies and the opportunites for road safety benchmarking to raise road safety on the political agenda.