On 16 April in Washington DC (USA), the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration members voted to accept the FIM as a new member.
Established in 2004, the Collaboration is an informal consultative mechanism whose members are committed to road safety efforts, in particular implementing the recommendations of the World Report on road traffic injury prevention.
FIM Director of Public Affairs John Chatterton-Ross comments: “We have been active for some years now with the UN in Geneva. Adding this new dimension to our co-operation with the UN achieves a strategic goal for the FIM. I think the best example I can give is this. For years we have had an intense working relationship with the European Transport Safety Council which led to the publication of the ETSC report Vulnerable Riders in 2008.
I see this new co-operation arrangement as something that can assist our member federations in other parts of the world in a similar way, particularly in Africa, Asia and Latin America.”
Following the UN Road Safety Collaboration meetings in Washington, the UN General Assembly met in New York on 19 April and reaffirmed its commitment to keep road safety as an international priority. The Assembly has asked the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki moon to report again to the sixty-eighth Session to ensure that this important issue is kept on the political agenda.
Note to Editors:
The UN estimates that currently some 1.3 million people are killed in road traffic collisions annually across the world. The heaviest burden falls on countries defined as middle- and low-income by the UN.
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