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A regional workshop dedicated to road safety was held on 8 & 9 August 2019 in Kingston, Jamaica, which was initiated by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety.

The capacity-building workshop brought together over 40 experts representing 11 English-speaking Caribbean countries to discuss the current road safety situation in the region and to share best practices and lessons learned.

During his opening remarks, the Special Envoy emphasized the fact that an average of 1,700 lives are lost on the road every single day, a figure that has only been increasing over the years, and the Caribbean region accounts for 11 percent of global road traffic deaths.

He called for action from all participants to make a difference: “This is the very reason I decided to convene this road safety workshop, with the hope that all of you will serve as ambassadors in your respective countries. We must ensure that by 2030, we see dramatic improvements in safe and sustainable mobility in the Caribbean”.

The two-day workshop focused on effective data collection, stronger regulatory framework and enforcement as well as safe infrastructure and vehicles.

Hosted by Jamaica’s Ministry of Transport, the National Road Safety Council, the workshop was co-organized by United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and Caribbean (ECLAC), the Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

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WORKSHOP AGENDA

Final Agenda

 

POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS

Session I:

State of road safety in the Americas - Dr. Eugenia Roadrigues, PAHO

Transport policies & public transport challenges - Mr. Christopher Persaud, IDB

Infrastructure & mobility inter-sectoral policies - Mr. Gabriel Perez, UN ECLAC

Road safety data - Dr. Meleckidzedeck Khayesi, WHO

Country best practices (Jamaica) - Mr. Victor Anderson, National Road Safety Council

Country best practices (Guyana) - Mr. Linden Isles, Police Force

Session II

Overview of infrastructure regional challenges - Ms. Marisela Ponce de Leon, IDB

Best practice in urban mobility and urban transport policy - Mr. Christopher Persaud, IDB

Overview of road safety management regional changes - Mr. Fabio Weikert Bicalho, UN ECLAC

Country best practices (Belize) - Mr. Errol Gentle, Ministry of Works

Country best practices (Trinidad and Tobago) - Mr. Adande Piggott, Ministry of Works and Transport

Session III

UN legal instruments and Conventions on Road Traffic and Signs and Signals - Mr. Robert Nowak, UNECE

Road safety legislation: focus on vehicle standards - Mr. Romain Hubert, UNECE

International transport of dangerous goods by road - Mr. Romain Hubert, UNECE 

Vehicle safety - Mr. Kenute Hare, Ministry of Transport and Mining of Jamaica

Legislation on key risk factors - Dr. Eugenia Roadrigues, PAHO

Country experience on how to improve enforcement (Brazil) - Mr. Victor Pavarino, PAHO/WHO Brazil office & Mr. Luiz Miranda, Traffic Department of State of Para (DETRAN PA)

Country experience on how to improve enforcement (Trinidad and Tobago) - Mr. Brent Batson, Police Service

 

MEETING NOTES

Workshop Summary (coming soon)

 

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

Final List of Participants

 

PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

(coming soon) 

 

MEDIA COVERAGE

Jamaica Observer: 

www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/jamaica-to-host-regional-workshop-on-road-safety_171563

www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/idb-rep-calls-on-jamaicans-to-take-stand-against-irresponsible-road-use_172084

www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/_Transport_ministry_targets_electronic_enforcement_of_traffic_laws

www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/IDB_Rep_urges_Jamaicans_to_call_out_reckless_drivers

Jamaica Gleaner:  

jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20190810/authority-improve-traffic-management-hales

jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20190818/un-road-safety-envoy-recommends-certification-helmets-imported-jamaica 

JIS:

jis.gov.jm/transport-ministry-targets-electronic-enforcement-of-traffic-laws/ 

Loop Jamaica:

www.loopjamaica.com/content/worn-roads-causing-crashes-director-road-safety-unit

www.loopjamaica.com/content/un-convenes-regional-road-safety-workshop

www.loopjamaica.com/content/idb-country-rep-challenges-jamaicans-get-grip-road-safety

Nationwide:  

nationwideradiojm.com/govt-looks-to-integrate-more-tech-to-drive-down-reduce-road-fatalities/

Twitter:

twitter.com/gabperezsalas/status/1159508438138970112

twitter.com/Petchary/status/1159473254349905922