Road Safety Workshop: Best Practices and Key Partnerships for Road SafetyDaniele D'Onofrio
GENEVA – SWITZERLAND (22nd – 23rd February 2016). Every year 1.25 million lives are lost worldwide as a result of road crashes and 20 to 50 million more are injured. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development aims at halving road traffic deaths and injuries by 2020.
In 2015, the UN Secretary General appointed his Special Envoy for Road Safety, Mr. Jean Todt, in effort to raise attention on need for greater road safety. To contribute to this objective, and on the occasion of the 78th session of the UNECE Inland Transport Committee, the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety has hosted on the 22nd of February at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, a Road Safety Workshop. The workshop was an opportunity for participants to learn more about the UN legal instruments for road safety and the importance of harmonisation of these tools across the world, presented by UNECE experts.
On the 22nd February, CITA has attended the Road Safety Workshop that has seen the participation also of Mr. Jean Todt, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety and president of FIA, Mr. Christian Fiis Bach, Executive Secretary UNECE and Ms. Eva Molar, Director Sustainable Transport Division UNECE.
During the workshop, CITA has joined the panel “Partnership for Results”, highlighting the benefits of agreements between different stakeholders to reach global road safety partners. During the panel, vehicle inspection and maintenance has been identified as one of the crucial activities to improve road safety in developing countries.
On the 23rd February, CITA has also participated in the 78th session of the Inland Transport Committee. The theme of the meeting was: “Policy Oriented Segment. Innovations for Sustainable Inland Transport with Special Attention to Information and Communication Technologies”. At the meeting Eduard Fernández, CITA Executive Director, has underlined the importance of ensuring that ITS and ADAS are reliable during the whole life of vehicles.