On 8 June 2015 the Government of Sweden hosted a meeting of the Friends of the Decade of Action, an informal group of governments and international agencies committed to making the Decade of Action a success. The purpose of the gathering, which convened representatives of 12 Member States (Brazil, France, Morocco, Oman, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United States, and Uruguay) and 7 international agencies, was to provide input on preparations for the 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety, scheduled for 18-19 November in Brasilia, Brazil. Participants were updated on Conference preparations by senior officials from the Government of Brazil, including negotiation of the “Brasilia Declaration on Road Safety”, and offered guidance on the draft conference programme. The Conference, hosted by the Government of Brazil and co-sponsored by WHO, will be a milestone for global road safety.
On 10 April 2014 the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on “Improving global road safety”. Among key decisions, the resolution welcomed the offer of the Government of Brazil to host the 2nd Global High Level Conference on Road Safety in 2015.
Through hundreds of events in at least 105 countries, road safety stakeholders – among them government ministries, NGOs, foundations, and private companies – marked the Third UN Global Road Safety Week and its campaign #SaveKidsLives.
Launch of the Decade
Statements of support
- President of Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev
- Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron
- Minister of Interior of France Claude Guéant
- Prime Minister of Thailand Mr Abhisit Vejjajiva
- New York City Mayor Mr Michael Bloomberg
- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
- WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan