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The Special Envoy was invited to speak at the conference and related side-events, which was held in Brasilia, Brazil from 17 to 19 November. The Conference brought together approximately 70 ministerial-level government delegations. The event was organized by the Brazilian government together with the WHO. A declaration was adopted with the aim to reaffirm the path set for the UN Decade of Action 2011-2020. Special Envoy Participated at the Main Conference, where he was speaking at the Ministerial Plenary Session – opening statements, Plenary Session on Key achievements in the Decade of Action, Panel Session on Financing for Road Safety. He also participated in a number of side-events, such as speaking at UNECE/France event on the UN Road Safety Conventions, speaking at ‘Transforming our world: NGO for safer roads’, attending the launch of the ‘Stop the Crash Partnership’, and finally speaking at ‘Closing Ceremony of the IVth Annual Meeting of Ibero-American.

Aside from the main event, Special Envoy held a number of bi-lateral meetings with Mr. Gilberto Kassab, Brazilian Minister of Cities; United Nations Country Team in Brasilia and the representatives of the UN Regional Commissions and several UN specialised agencies; Dr. Rosekind, Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety, USA; Several transport ministers from Africa, Asia and Latin-America; Representatives from Handicap International (NGO); M. Laurent Bili, French Ambassador to Brazil.

As part of raising awareness and visibility agenda, the Special Envoy co-hosted the booth/exhibition where the UN Road Safety Conventions were showcased with putting special emphasis on helmet standards in light of the fast growth of motor-cycle accidents in developing countries.