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JEAN TODT

United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety | UNRSF Advisory Board Member

Road safety has no demographic or geographic boundaries. It impacts all countries, whether low-, middle- or high-income. Wherever you are, it is about the same things: the road, your vehicle and you, the user, as well as others who may be vulnerable. 

As a former rally driver and senior executive in the motor sports industry, I have first-hand knowledge that road safety is the result of comprehensive attention to factors such as traffic management, road infrastructure’s condition, law enforcement, speed regulations, vehicle safety features and maintenance, driver education and training, as well as  quick post-crash care. These factors require concerted efforts and engagement by all stakeholders including governments, vehicle and car parts manufacturers, private sector, civil society and people. 

Ultimately, it is the individual behind the wheel or crossing the street that makes the split-second decision between safety and disaster... [read more]

 

OLGA ALGAYEROVA

Executive Secretary of UNECE | UNRSF Advisory Board Member

The launch of the UN Road Safety Strategy in February 2019 highlights that road safety requires leadership, and partnerships. With 1.35 million people dying on the world’s roads every year and numbers on the rise globally, we need new ways of approaching this human tragedy.

Road crashes affect the most vulnerable groups, particularly children who pay un unbearable toll: 500 children die every day on the roads. Road crashes destroy lives, leave families and entire communities in poverty and are a major hindrance to sustainable development.  Their cost is estimated at USD 1.85 trillion every year; meaning that this money is not available to fund the thousands of schools, universities or hospitals that are badly needed all over the world.

Yet, road safety has so far not received the political attention and, critically, the financial support in deserves... [read more]

 

LUCIANA IORIO

Chair of Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety | Chair of UNRSF Advisory Board

We know the numbers. We repeat them too often. Every year, road crashes claim the lives of some 1.35 million people, and seriously injure more than 50 million. But these figures are not just numbers. They were once lives, childhoods, dreams and expectations. 

As a road safety policy-maker, I have known many lives abruptly interrupted or irreversibly changed by road crashes. All of them had a future before it all came to a stop on the road: a job interview to attend, a holiday to plan, a wedding dress to fit; a business project to start after years of saving money, the first date with the high school sweetheart. 

The UN Road Safety Fund provides an opportunity to ensure that we do not only look at those statistics, but we do enable new actions to revive hopes and ambitions, and fund new approaches creating the right policy conditions to fight the immeasurable social and economic cost incurred by road crashes... [read more]

 

MOHAMED EL MOCTAR EL HACENE

Director of Economic Development and Integration Division, UNESCWA | Chair of UNRSF Steering Committee

With more than 1.3 million deaths worldwide each year and nearly 50 million serious injuries, traffic crashes are one of the most important problems facing the contemporary world. It is the leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 29.

Only seven percent of traffic fatalities are in high-income countries, which are experiencing a steady improvement in their handling of the traffic safety problem. Ninety-three percent of these deaths occur in middle- and low-income countries, most of which suffer from the worsening of this problem with the drain in their productive human resources, and the economic losses estimated at two to five percent of GDP in these countries.

In ESCWA region, WHO estimates that there have been more than 65,000 deaths from traffic crashes in 17 Arab countries whose data for 2016 are available, which accounts for more than 19 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, nearly four times the rate in the European region, estimated at 5 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants... [read more]