On 19 and 20 February 2020, the Special Envoy participated at the Third Global Ministerial Conference for Road Safety, hosted by the Government of Sweden which gathered 1,700 delegates from 140 countries.
The Special Envoy spoke on behalf of the Secretary-General at the opening, hosted a high-level lunch for 130 Ministers, private sector, UN and others, and presented the way forward in the closing plenary.
In his remarks, the Special Envoy expressed appreciation to conference organizers and reminded the delegates of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development objectives, which include road safety. Considering the newly announced Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals, the Special Envoy presented road safety as one of the greatest development challenges and pressing emergencies. Reiterating his strong commitment to the issue, he called for strong and well-coordinated action of all stakeholders, including private and public sector as well as civil society and academia, and to place safety as a non-negotiable outcome of investments, activities and products of the transport system.
The Special Envoy concluded with an urgent call for action to make the world’s roads safe and to put safety first, especially for the youth who are the most affected by this crisis. The Ministerial Conference culminated in the forward-looking “Stockholm Declaration”, which calls for a new global target to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries by 50% by 2030.