28 Oct 2020

The FIA High Level Panel for Road Safety Meets in Monaco to Contribute to Saving Lives

Eight months after the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, which took place in Stockholm in February, Members of the FIA High Level Panel for Road Safety met in Monaco on 28 October. The event was chaired by FIA President Jean Todt and hosted by H.S.H. Princess Charlène of Monaco at the headquarters of the Automobile Club de Monaco. 

Divided into six sessions, the goal of the meeting was to review the progress made in relation to the HLP’s work programme that aims to strengthen political commitment, funding, and institutional support to tackle the global road safety challenge. In his introductory remarks, Jean Todt recalled how the road safety landscape has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Sweden’s Minister for Infrastructure Tomas Eneroth then gave an update about the successful translation of the Stockholm Ministerial Declaration into a UN resolution. The HLP Members expressed their support for this new resolution, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 18 August, in which the Member States committed to intensifying their efforts towards road safety over the next ten years as an integral part of the Sustainable Development Goals. The meeting continued with video messages from WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who highlighted the increase in walking and cycling during the COVID-19 pandemic and called for our systems to be reimagined and redesigned, and from European Commissioner for Transport Adina Vālean who delivered a message on road safety policy in times of global crisis from the EU’s perspective. ITF Secretary General Dr Young Tae Kim then presented the transport-related responses undertaken by countries in the last months as a consequence of the health emergency.

A specific attention was also given to the funding of road safety projects, especially through the United Nations Road Safety Fund (UNRSF). UNECE Executive Secretary Olga Algayerova presented the Fund and urged HLP Members to help advance fundraising to meet the Fund’s ambitious mid-term financing goals. One of the Fund’s flagship projects, which aims to improve safety regulations and environmental standards of imported second-hand cars into Africa, was highlighted by Executive Secretary of UNECA Vera Songwe. FIA Director for Road Safety & Global Advocacy Stefano Ammirati briefed the Panel on the development of the FIA innovative funding mechanism aimed at raising funds for the UNRSF and Vice President South Asia Region for the World Bank Hartwig Schafer updated the audience on the “Impact Investment Initiative”, a project led by the World Bank and supported by the FIA HLP and iRAP, which objective is to mobilise private capital for road safety. Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Publicis Groupe Maurice Lévy highlighted the key role communication can play to put road safety back at the top of the collective consciousness of people around the world. Prof. Claes Tingvall shared a proposal, the “FIA Road Safety Index”, which could increase road safety reporting in the private sector thanks to the integration of the Safe System approach throughout the business value chain. Finally, Minister of Transport of Colombia Àngela María Orozco Gómez presented the recent developments in the country’s process of accession to the UN Conventions system and delivered an encouraging message showing the importance of political commitment at the highest level to promote long-lasting structural change in road safety management.