5th Meeting of the UN Road Safety Collaboration held in Geneva

31 October 2006

The 5th Meeting of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration was held at WHO headquarters in Geneva from 30-31 October 2006. The meeting was attended by Ambassador Al-Hinai, the Permanent Representative of Oman to the United Nations, who spearheaded the series of United Nations General Assembly resolutions on road safety, as well as 68 collaborators from governments, United Nations agencies, NGOs, foundations and private sector companies.

Members of the Collaboration discussed a number of issues including the progress on collaborative projects and products, the First United Nations Global Road Safety Week scheduled for 23-29 April 2007, and regional initiatives for road safety. Working groups on data systems, implementation of good practice manuals, fleet safety and infrastructure made excellent progress.

Specific outcomes included:

  • a call for support to governments for the preparation of national events for the First United Nations Global Road Safety Week through country offices of WHO, the World Bank, UNICEF, the Global Road Safety Partnership, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and national automobile associations;
  • creation of formal working groups on fleet safety and on infrastructure;
  • call for support to several regional events being planned in Egypt, Ghana, Korea and Oman;
  • and a decision to work towards a new United Nations General Assembly resolution on road safety in 2007.

The next meeting of the Collaboration is planned for Oman on 27-28 February 2007.