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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

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

Road safety workshop for Anglophone Africa held in Nairobi

The first-ever regional road safty workshop organized by the Special Envoy's office was held in Nairobi, Kenya from 13 to 15 December 2016 with Kenyan National Transport and Safety Authority as the in-country host. The workshop was participated by road safety experts... 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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Upcoming events

  • Global Road Safety Week, Geneva, 8-12 May 2017




Past Events

  • Regional Workshop on Motorcycle Safety, Kuala Lumpur, 7 April 2017
  • Regional Road Safety Workshop for Anglophone Africa, 13-15 December 2016, Nairobi