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UN SG's Special Envoy for Road Safety


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... Read more

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.

Upcoming events

2017 Global Road Safety Film Festival

The  Global Road Safety Film Festival organized by Laser International will take place on 20&21 February 2017 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, back-to-back to the Anniversary session of the Inland Transport Committee of UNECE and the Meeting of Transport Ministers to celebrate the seventieth anniversary  of the Committee and its achievements. To demonstrate the importance of improving road safety on the political agenda, the award ceremony of the Global Road Safety Film Festival will be hosted... More