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Mission to New York, 26-29 April 2022

United States: A high-income country with a population of 328 million. According to WHO, 39,888 people lost their lives on American roads in 2018. In February 2018, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced its Strategic Plan for 2018-2022. The plan reiterated the tenet of safety as DOT’s top strategic and organizational goals. The US DOT and its administrative bodies have emphasized the adoption of data-driven systemic safety management approaches. Overall, between 2000 and 2019, the number of annual road fatalities fell by 14%. Overall, on a per capita basis, the US’ safety performance may appear less effective than many European countries. The US has acceded to 1 out of 7 UN road safety legal instruments.

The Special Envoy travelled to New York and met with the following partners:
•    H.E. Mr. Vassily Alekseevich Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN;
•    H.E. Mr. Silvio Gonzato, Ambassador, Deputy Head of Delegation of the EU to the UN; 
•    H.E. Mr. Abdulla Shahid, President of the UNGA; 
•    H.E. Mr. Kacou Hoaudja Leon Adom, Permanent Representative of Côte d'Ivoire to the UN;
•    H.E. Mr. Maurizio Massari, Permanent Representative and Ambassador of Italy to the UN;
•    H.E. Mr. Jamal Fares Alrowaiei, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the UN; 
•    H.E. Mr. Olivier Maes, Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the UN; 
•    Mr. Olivier Richard, Head of the Development and Climate Unit for the Mission of France; 
•    Mr. Volker Türk, UN Under-Secretary-General for Policy;
•    Ms. Sanda Ojiambo, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact;
•    Mr. Achim Steiner, Administrator, UN Development Programme.
•    Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, CEO, International Peace Institute; 
•    Ms. Michelle Gyles-McDonnough, Director of the Sustainable Development Unit, EOSG;
•    Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth;
•    Ms. Anita Bhatia, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Resource Management, UN-Women.