UN chief calls for worldwide road traffic safety awareness

14:53, December 10, 2010      

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"All of us can play a part in increasing safety and promoting sustainable transport," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday while supporting a road-safety campaign.

The secretary-general made the statement during his meeting with Oman's Ambassador to the United Nations Fuad Mubarak al-Hinai, who has sponsored several UN General Assembly resolutions on road accidents.

"Millions of lives can be saved if we work together for real action on every highway and every street in every community," Ban told al-Hinai, lending his support to the forthcoming Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020) to be launched on May 11.

Every day witnesses 3,500 deaths on the roads across the world, 85 percent of them in low- and middle-income countries, making road safety a growing public health crisis as well as an obstacle to economic and social development, Ban said.

To help raise global awareness, Ban was photographed wearing a yellow pin bearing the slogan "Decade of Action for Road Safety 2010-2020."

An estimated 1.3 million people lose their lives on roads every year in the world, with around 50 million injured or disabled by road accidents, which cost countries up to 4 percent of their gross national product annually.

In a message marking the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims last month, Ban said many tragedies could be avoided "through a set of proven, simple measures that benefit not only individuals and families but society at large."

Source: Xinhua


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