Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability (VIP)

Commission for Global Road Safety frames road safety as a development issue


9 June 2006

On 8 June the report from the Commission for Global Road Safety was launched in London, under the title Make roads safe: A new priority for sustainable development. This Commission was created by the FIA-Foundation for the Automobile and Society in 2005. The Chair person is Lord Robertson, former Secretary-General of NATO. The objectives of the Commission's Report are to frame road safety as a development issue and bring it to the attention of the leaders of the G8 and other key policymakers dealing with development issues. The Commission Report uses the WHO/World Bank World report on road traffic injury prevention as its basis and advocates for greater support for the implementation of its recommendations.

The main recommendations of the Report are directed to the G8 leaders and the international community in general. They are invited to:

  • Re-commit support to the implementation of the WHO/World Bank World report on road traffic injury prevention, including by increasing funding for its implementation efforts to 300 million USD over 10 years;
  • Support the call for a Conference of Ministers of Transport, Health and Interior, to be organized by the United Nations in 2008;
  • Support the creation of a Global Road Safety Charter to which stakeholders can pledge their support to the implementation of the World Report;
  • Contribute to the development of a global action plan for road safety.

Lord Robertson and David Ward (Director General FIA-F) presented the Report at an event held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, UK. Responses and comments were provided by Etienne Krug (WHO), Tony Bliss (World Bank), Carla Gonzales (Minister of Transport of Costa Rica) and David Njoroge (Automobile Association of Kenya).