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UNECE works with government of Georgia to improve road safety

Representatives from the Government of Georgia and the United Nations gathered with a variety of public and private road safety stakeholders to review the current state of Georgia’s national road safety and discuss further ways of protecting the citizens on the roads.

The Georgia Road Safety Performance Review Capacity Building Workshop was co-organized by the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and took place on April 26-27, 2017 in Kachreti, Georgia.

Every year, 1.25 million people die on the roads globally and it is the leading cause of death for 15 to 24 year olds.  Better road safety is an international necessity, and a challenge that each government must undertake. The Government of Georgia has taken up this challenge, and is working with the United Nations to improve road safety. 

The objective of the Workshop was to provide information, best practice and training in areas identified in the Review as one of the most challenging: speed management, safer vehicles and combat against drink-driving. The Workshop began with policy dialogue with national road safety stakeholders on the main findings of Georgia’s Road Safety Performance Review and recommendations on actions to be taken. Back-to-back with the policy dialogue, a capacity-building workshop on the pressing road safety topics identified by the Review was held.

The Workshop allowed all participants, as part of the dialogue about the Road Safety Performance Review, to bring their voice and experience.  The final version of the Review, including all the expertise and experience from the variety of stakeholders, will be submitted to the Government of Georgia as a final project deliverable.

In addition to representatives from UNECE and UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia, the Workshop was attended by Mr. George Cherkezishvili, the Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, representatives of Georgian institutions, members of the Road Safety Commission and the National Road Safety Inter-agency Working Group, as well as the representatives from financial institutions, academia, NGOs and the media.

The workshop is part of the UNDA - financed “Strengthening of the national road safety management capacities of selected developing and countries with economies in transition” Project. The purpose is to help Governments to identify the most critical aspects of road safety by preparing Road Safety Performance Reviews and set strategic priorities based on the Review recommendations. Capacity building training for national road safety stakeholders is offered in the identified areas.  Furthermore, the Project aims to help countries to raise public awareness on road safety issues and sensitize public and non-governmental sectors on the need to set ambitious road safety targets and adopt specific measures to meet them.

This workshop is just one of the examples of UNECE’s dedication to help governments to improve road safety both nationally and internationally. Under the auspices of UNECE, the United Nations has developed many conventions and agreements governing most aspects of road safety. These legal instruments are in place and at the disposal of all countries to help them build safer vehicles, drivers and roads, with consistent traffic rules and road signs and signals.

This workshop comes just before the Fourth Global Road Safety week, which takes place 8 to 14 May 2017.