UN recognises IRU’s role in promoting road safety and security
The UN General Assembly recently adopted a Resolution acknowledging IRU’s role in promoting and sharing best practice and identifying solutions to improve road safety.
The Resolution titled “Improving Global Road Safety” establishes policy guidelines in road safety. It further recognises IRU’s role in developing harmonised and internationally recognised standards for the vocational training of road transport professionals.
Held in parallel to the General Assembly, IRU, together with the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, organised a high level event on “Road Safety: the Path to 2030 through Safe and Secure Roads and Mobility for All”. Participants emphasised the role of business and public-private partnerships to achieve road safety targets established by the 2030 Global Sustainable Development Agenda.
The Ambassador of Turkmenistan to the United Nations, H.E. Mrs Aksoltan Ataeva, highlighted the role of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Transport, recently established by IRU and UN Global Compact, in promoting road safety. Mrs Ataeva underlined that road safety and security will be important topics of discussion at the upcoming 1st UN Global Transport Conference in Ashgabat this November.
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Mr Sergey Kononuchenko, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the UN; Mr Avi Silverman, Senior Adviser to the UNICEF/FIA Foundation Global Partnership on Child Road Injury; Mr Christian Friis Bach, UNECE Executive Secretary; Mr Jean Todt, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety and Chairman of the FIA High Level Panel on Road Safety; H.E. Mrs Aksoltan Ataeva, Turkmenistan Ambassador to the UN; Dr Etienne Krug, WHO Director for Violence and Injury Prevention; Mr Carlos Duarte, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Brazil to the UN; Mr Igor Runov, Under Secretary General, IRU.