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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

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 in Turkmenistan for Global Sustainable Transport Conference

The first-ever global conference on sustainable transport takes place on 26 and 27 November in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, bringing together representatives from the United Nations, governments, the private sector and civil society to set new directions for global transport efforts... Read more

The Special Envoy commemorating road traffic victims on WDR

The World Day of Remembrance (WDR) for Road Traffic Victims was commemorated on 20 November this year. It is "a moment to reflect and remember the 1.25 million lives lost every year, the millions more left seriously injured, and the families and loved ones who are so tragically... 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

2017 Global Road Safety Film Festival, Geneva, 21-22 February 2017

The 2017 Global Road Safety Film Festival organized by Laser International will take place on 20 and 21 February 2017 at United Nations 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... More


Latin America and the Caribbean Road Safety Regional Workshop, Buenos Aires, 13-14 March 2017 

Following the success of the regional road safety workshop for anglophone Africa in Nairobi in December 2016, the Special Envoy partners up with Argentinian government to strengthen road safety in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Road Safety Workshop for the Latin America and Caribbean Region, which to take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 13 and 14 March 2017, will cover United Nations Road Safety legal instruments, safe mobility and transport as well as... More