Brasilia must be ‘Time for Results’, says Lord Robertson

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The FIA Foundation moderated an expert panel on road safety.
The FIA Foundation moderated an expert panel on road safety.

The forthcoming Brasilia High Level Conference on Road Safety must deliver new commitment to action, Lord Robertson of Port Ellen has urged.

Making the keynote speech at the First International Conference on Transport & Health, held at University College London, Lord Robertson told an audience of transport, urban planning and public health professionals that the intergovernmental conference in November 2015 could provide a launch pad for new momentum and action on global road traffic injury prevention built around the new Sustainable Development Goal targets for road safety.

Lord Robertson, a former UK Defence Secretary and NATO Secretary General, who has chaired the Commission for Global Road Safety for ten years and recently joined the Board of the FIA Foundation, told the conference that 2015 is a year of opportunity for those who care about reducing road danger and setting a path to a more sustainable transport approach.

Lord Robertson said:

“In November this year the Government of Brazil will host the Second Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety marking the mid-point of the Decade of Action. This will be an important opportunity to renew commitment to the Decade of Action and to call upon Governments and the international community to redouble efforts to make progress on road safety. The Brasilia Conference will be titled ‘Time for Results’ – and results are desperately needed.

The Conference will come at a critical moment. It will follow the adoption and launch in September of the new Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations Heads of Government Summit. The SDGs will replace the current Millennium Development Goals, and they will set priorities and determine all cooperation on global development. For the first time, road safety is part of this agenda and this represents a major step forward.

As Chairman of the Commission for Global Road Safety and as a Trustee of the FIA Foundation, I am proud of our campaign to secure the inclusion of road safety in the Sustainable Development Goals. Together with our partners, there has been a tremendous collective effort over several years to get this far in the process. The progress we’ve made represents a significant achievement in raising road safety further up the global policy agenda. Now we are working hard in these final weeks of the intergovernmental negotiations to ensure these vital targets on road safety remain in place.”

Earlier the FIA Foundation’s director, Saul Billingsley, moderated a panel of road safety experts in a session reviewing global data, effective interventions for low and middle income countries, and policy priorities for the United Kingdom. Participating in the session were Kavi Bhalla, Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Dinesh Mohan, Volvo Chair Professor (Emeritus) at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi; and Nicola Christie, Director of Research at UCL Centre for Transport Studies.