High Level Panel meets to review policy and funding agenda for road safety

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WHO’s Dr Tedros highlighted the increase in walking and cycling during the COVID-19 pandemic and urged ‘it’s time to reimagine and redesign our systems'.
WHO’s Dr Tedros highlighted the increase in walking and cycling during the COVID-19 pandemic and urged ‘it’s time to reimagine and redesign our systems'.
Sweden’s Infrastructure Minister, Tomas Eneroth, updated HLP members on progress in translating the Stockholm Declaration into a new UN Decade of Action for Road Safety.
Sweden’s Infrastructure Minister, Tomas Eneroth, updated HLP members on progress in translating the Stockholm Declaration into a new UN Decade of Action for Road Safety.
Lord Sebastian Coe (second right) pointed out the value of walking and cycling as accessible forms of mobility and exercise, and their importance to youth.
Lord Sebastian Coe (second right) pointed out the value of walking and cycling as accessible forms of mobility and exercise, and their importance to youth.
Above and below: Both UNECA Executive Secretary Vera Songwe and African Union Commissioner Amani Abou-Zeid stressed the importance of improving vehicle and infrastructure safety for Africa’s health and economy.
Above and below: Both UNECA Executive Secretary Vera Songwe and African Union Commissioner Amani Abou-Zeid stressed the importance of improving vehicle and infrastructure safety for Africa’s health and economy.

The FIA High Level Panel (HLP) for Road Safety has met in Monaco, and virtually via Zoom, to review progress in its portfolio of activities to advance political commitment, funding and institutional support for action on global road traffic injury. The HLP is funded by the FIA Foundation and the charity’s chairman, Lord Robertson, participated by videoconference.

Some of the HLP members were hosted at the headquarters of the Automobile Club de Monaco, in the presence of HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco (above, with FIA President Jean Todt, FIA Foundation trustee Michelle Yeoh and Automobile Club of Monaco President Michel Boéri). The majority of members joined virtually because of COVID-19 travel restrictions.

The HLP has been focusing on building political will and financing for road safety measures, particularly in developing countries. The HLP has supported the ongoing effort to improve road crashes statistics by contributing to the implementation of regional observatories in Africa and Asia, in partnership with the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the International Transport Forum. It is also supporting a project to extend compulsory third-party insurance in several Latin American countries, in cooperation with the Inter-American Development Bank; a pilot project led by the World Bank and iRAP to develop a social impact investment vehicle for road safety; and a project led by Prof. Claes Tingvall to integrate the Safe System approach throughout the business value chain and to improve road safety reporting in the ESG agenda.

Led by UN Special Envoy and FIA President Jean Todt, who chairs the HLP, the group was instrumental in establishing the UN Road Safety Fund, to which the FIA Foundation is still by far the largest donor. UNECE Executive Secretary Olga Algayerova presented the Fund and urged HLP members to help advance fundraising to meet the Fund’s ambitious mid-term financing goals. One of the Fund’s flagship projects, on improving regulation of safety and environmental standards for imported second hand cars into Africa, was highlighted by Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of UNECA. Her comments came the day after a major new report by the UN Environment Programme on the issue.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, and Adina Vālean, European Commissioner for Transport, opened the hybrid meeting with video messages. Tomas Eneroth, Sweden’s Minister for Infrastructure, updated the meeting on the success in translating the Stockholm Ministerial Declaration into a UN resolution. The members of the HLP expressed their support for this new resolution, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 18 August, in which the Member States committed to intensifying their efforts towards road safety over the next ten years as an integral part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Participants to the meeting, in person or virtually, included Amani Abou-Zeid, African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure & Energy; Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; Maurice Lévy, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Publicis Groupe; Sir Martin Sorrell, Executive Chairman of S4 Capital; Jean-Charles Decaux, CEO of JCDecaux Global; Violeta Bulc, former European Commissioner for Transport; Luis Alberto Moreno, former President of the InterAmerican Development Bank; Lord Sebastian Coe, President of World Athletics; David Lappartient, President of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI); Gianni Infantino, President of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and Jorge Viegas, President of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM).

HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco, the host of the event, said: "I am pleased to welcome Mr Jean Todt and the members of the FIA High Level Panel in Monaco, who like me, are committed to road safety. This year 2020, which has changed our daily lives and lifestyles, is a year of consolidation of the actions put in place by the FIA High Level Panel to fight against mortality on the roads, particularly in developing countries. We must unite our efforts in the service of this cause".

Michelle Yeoh, FIA Foundation trustee and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, who also serves as the HLP’s Spokesperson, said: "2020 is a pivotal year for road safety: the new United Nations decade of action which includes ambitious bold initiatives has been launched. The time for action is now! FIA High-Level Panel is more committed and motivated to find and make progress in saving lives as observed at the meeting in Monaco. On behalf of President Jean Todt and HLP members, we thank HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco and ACM President Michel Boéri for hosting us."

For more information about the High Level Panel visit www.roadsafety2030.com