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UN SG's Special Envoy for Road Safety

Role

Every year, some 1.3 million people are killed and up to 50 million people are injured on the world’s roads.
 
Midway through the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020), the main role of the Special Envoy will be to help mobilize sustained political commitment at the global level towards making road safety a priority worldwide.

UNECE, which is the custodian of the United Nations road safety legal instruments applicable worldwide, such as the Convention on Road Traffic, the Convention on Road Signs and Signals, and the 1958, 1997 and 1998 Vehicle Regulations Agreements, will act as the secretariat for the Special Envoy.

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Open letter from Jean Todt

I am sincerely committed to working constructively and inclusively with all stakeholders, to the benefit of all road users, in an effort to generate additional, stronger momentum and ensure the needed support to address the horrific consequences that road crashes continue to have on the lives of so many around the world today.

In my capacity as a Special Envoy I will convey the key messages that will be developed under the auspices of the United Nations and, hopefully, with a contribution from all stakeholders in the road safety community. In this way I wish to contribute to the work of the many highly dedicated practitioners who have relentlessly been working over years to deliver solutions to improve global road safety. I am convinced that a change in the enabling environment is possible, but for this the road safety issue must be brought to the forefront of the development agenda of world leaders.
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Recent News

United Nations Coordination Meeting for Road Safety
On 5 April, Jean Todt convened a meeting with representatives from 14 United Nations agencies and departments to highlight the importance of road safety in the 2030 Sustainable Development agenda.

Workshop: Best Practices and Key Partnerships for Road Safety
On the occasion of the 78th session of the UNECE Inland Transport Committee’s, the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety hosts on Monday 22 February the Workshop: Best Practices and Key Partnerships for Road Safety.

UN SG’s Special Envoy for Road Safety and UNECE Executive Secretary at a press conference with the Geneva press corps

On 10 February, Jean Todt, and UNECE Executive Secretary Christian Friis Bach call on Governments and the automotive industry to implement the United Nations road safety legal instruments.

Pope Francis supports road safety in meeting with UN SG's Special Envoy for Road Safety

On 14 January,  Pope Francis received in a private audience, the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, accompanied by UNECE Executive Secretary Christian Friis Bach. 

 

2nd Global Conference on Road Safety adopts Brasilia Declaration

On 19 November, the Brasilia Declaration was adopted. The Special Envoy, who participated in the conference, said: “The Brasilia Declaration on Road Safety, adopted by all delegates today, reconfirms the road map set for the Decade of Action.»

UN SG's Special Envoy's opening at the 2nd Global High Level Conference on Road Safety

On 18 November, at the plenary session, the Special Envoy, urged national governments to consider the establishment of a large global fund, capable of directing targeted and coordinated action to those countries where the need is greatest.

UN SG's Special Envoy meets with government and UN agencies in Brasilia

The Special Envoy met this week with the UN Country Team of Brazil (UNTC), which played an active part in the organisation of the Second Global High Level Conference currently being held in Brasilia.

UN SG's Special Envoy at the 4th Annual Meeting of OISEVI

On 17 November, the Special Envoy was invited to speak at the fourth annual meeting of the Ibero-American Road Safety Observatory (OISEVI), an international cooperation instrument that brings together high-level road safety authorities from 20 Ibero-American countries.