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Meet the Special Envoy

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on 29 April 2015 the appointment of Jean Todt as his Special Envoy for Road Safety. Mr. Todt is the President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). See Terms of Reference

Every year, some 1.3 million people are killed and up to 50 million people are injured on the world’s roads. Half of all road traffic deaths are among vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Road traffic deaths are also the leading cause of death for young people aged 15-29, and road traffic injuries are the eighth leading cause of death globally. Beyond human suffering, road traffic deaths and injuries impose significant economic and financial losses to societies... Read more

News highlights

Good Governance is a Key to Increasing Road Safety - UN Says

UNECE together with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, Mr. Jean Todt commemorated the beginning of the Fourth Global Road Safety Week today by holding a high-level roundtable to discuss the impact good governance can have on road safety... Read more

Winners of 2017 Global Road Safety Film Festival - say "no" to drink driving and distracted driving

The 2017 Global Road Safety Film Festival, organized by UNECE and Life was held on 20 and 21 February at Palais des Nations in Geneva. Among the top three winners were a film about drink driving, and two films about distracted driving... Read more

 The Special Envoy receives 2016 UN Day Humanitarian Awards

Mr. Jean Todt, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety and Michelle Yeoh, actress and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador were presented the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year Awards by United Nations Association of New York on 26 October 2016... Read more

Advocacy visit and meetings with stakeholders in Latin America

From 1 to 12 August, the Special Envoy visited six countries in Latin America and had fruitful meetings with high-level government officials, United Nations country teams, as well as other road safety stakeholders... Read more

The UN GA adopts strongest global road safety resolution 

On 15 April, the United Nations General Assembly adopted, arguably the strongest global road safety resolution ever. With co-sponsorship by 55 member states, the UN General Assembly Resolution on Improving Road Safety (A/70/L.44), which following the Brasilia... Read more

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Past Events

Global Road Safety Week

8-14 May 2017

Geneva, Switzerland


7 April 2017

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

13&14 March 2017

Buenos Aires, Argentina

13-15 December 2016

Nairobi, Kenya