UN General Assembly passes second resolution on the Global road safety crisis

5 NOVEMBER 2003 -- On 5 November 2003, the UN General Assembly passed Resolution A/RES/58/9, on road safety. In this Resolution, the UN General Assembly agreed to hold a plenary meeting on 14 April 2004 in connection with World Health Day 2004 and the launch of the World report on road traffic injury prevention. The Resolution requests that the plenary focus on increasing high-level government awareness of the magnitude of the road traffic injury problem, and that it include the participation of Governments, the President of the UN General Assembly, the UN Secretary-General, the Director-General of WHO, the President of the World Bank, the Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund, and the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. In conjunction with this plenary, the Resolution also requests that the UN Department of Public Information organize a meeting of experts, relevant NGOs, members of civil society, the private sector and other interested parties, including the media, to raise awareness and exchange information on best practices in road safety. This high-level discussion will be an excellent opportunity to reinforce the messages of World Health Day 2004 and initiate implementation of the recommendations of the World report on road traffic injury prevention.

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