11 Nov 2015
Launch of the FIA High Level Panel for Road Safety with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
The panel will bring together global leaders to promote innovative solutions to meet the road safety health and development challenge – the world’s number one cause of death for 15-29 year olds.
November 11, 2015, New York (USA) – The Fédération internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) launched today a High Level Panel for Road Safety at the United Nations premises in New York with the support of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, which marks a major step forward in global road safety.
Bringing together an unprecedented coalition of senior decision makers in policy, business and public health (full list below ), the FIA’s High Level Panel will focus on raising funds and promoting greater awareness of road safety concerns. Each member of the panel has made a clear commitment to this initiative through a 10 Point Manifesto for Safer Roads (see attached ), signed by all the members of the panel.
According to the 2015 WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety published on October 19, some 1.25 million people are killed in car crashes around the world each year. 90% of these fatalities occur in low- and middle-income countries, despite only accounting for 54% of the world vehicles. Traffic crashes cost these countries approximately 5% of GDP. In the past three years there has been a 16% rise in the number of vehicles on the world’s roads, further underpinning the urgent need for action.
Jean Todt, High Level Panel for Road Safety Chairman, who is also the President of the FIA and the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, said: “The FIA High Level Panel for Road Safety is a unique initiative supporting an exceptional objective – a 50% reduction of fatalities on the world’s roads in the next five years, a target recognised under the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals. The panel members, all of them leaders in their field, will work toward this goal through raising the necessary funds and awareness to stop and reverse the tragic loss of life on our roads .”
Michelle Yeoh, Spokesperson for the Panel, said : “The focus of the High Level Panel is on practical action to improve road safety in those countries where the need is most urgent. The Panel brings together a network of leading individuals, from a range of fields of experience. Combined they can substantially raise awareness of the global road safety challenge and the need to mobilise new funds for this cause.”
The FIA’s High Level Panel members include:
- Jean Todt, FIA President and UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety (and Panel Chairman)
- Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee
- Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors
- David J. Bronczek, President and CEO FedEx Express
- Rolando Gonzalez Bunster, Chairman and CEO, InterEnergy holdings
- Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO, Renault-Nissan Alliance
- Muhtar Kent, CEO and President, The Coca-Cola Company
- General Victor Kiryanov, Deputy Minister for Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation
- Lord George Robertson, Former Secretary General of NATO
- Jean-Dominique Sénard, CEO and President, Michelin
- Li Shufu, Chairman Geely & Volvo
- Carlos Slim Jr, Chairman of the Board, Grupo Carso
- Sir Martin Sorrell, founder and CEO, WPP
- Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General, CEO, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
- Ratan Tata, Chairman, TATA Trusts
- Jose Viegas, Secretary General, International Transport Forum
- Michelle Yeoh, Actress and Global Road Safety Ambassador (Spokesperson for the High Level Panel for Road Safety)
Honorary advisors (providing independent input from leading international institutions)
- Bertrand Badre, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, World Bank Group
- Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary and Under-Secretary-General, UNECE
- Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank
- Brian Gibbons, FIA Deputy President for Automobile Mobility and Tourism
- Thierry Willemarck, FIA President of Region I
- Takayoshi Yashiro, FIA President of Region II
- Tim Shearman, FIA President of Region III
- Jorge Tomasi Crisci, FIA President of Region IV
Role of the Panel Members
The High Level Panel aims to engage both the public and the private sectors to raise funding and political awareness in response to the road safety crisis, and to remobilise support for the goals of the Decade of Action and for the new Sustainable Development Goals, which were approved at the latest UN General Assembly, and through which governments committed to halving road traffic fatalities by 2020.
The panel members will explore the possibility of innovative financing measures, including pushing for the creation of a UN Road Safety Fund, which will finance road safety programmes. Funds raised will be used to catalyse major public and private investments and launch a number of stand-alone lead projects.
Possible examples include capacity building (undertaking national road safety capacity reviews, improving data management, establishing lead agencies…), advocacy (mobilising national and local decision-makers, empowering local NGOs…) and injury prevention programmes (establishing independent crash test programmes, seat belt and helmet promotion initiatives…).
The members will provide support in terms of:
- Inspiration: pushing the road safety crisis to the top of the global health and development agenda;
- Networking: with their unique and varied backgrounds, they will deploy their networks to respond to the global road safety challenge;
- Knowledge building: supported by selected road safety experts, the Panel will analyse the most effective programs in low- and middle-income countries, taking from best practices in developed countries where rapid progress has been made over the past 30 years;
- Collaboration: working with external partners such as governments, private sector companies and philanthropic organisations, the Panel will work to promote innovative financing solutions with the goal of carrying out new programmes on the ground in low- and middle-income countries.
 Launched in 2011 and endorsed by over 100 national governments, the United Nations ‘Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020’ promised a significant step-forward to ‘stabilise and reduce’ global road traffic deaths. Yet four years on, political and financial commitments have not materialised and progress has been slow while regional and international capacity developments weak.