Jean Todt appointed UN Special Envoy for Road Safety

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Jean Todt, the President of the FIA, has been appointed as UN Special Envoy for Road Safety by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

At a ceremony held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 29th April, Ban Ki Moon announced the appointment. “Today I am deeply honoured to appoint Mr. Jean Todt as my Special Envoy for Road Safety…More than a million people are killed on the roads each year, and 50 million are injured. We are now in the middle of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety. I am delighted that I can count on Mr. Todt to help generate political commitment, raise awareness and mobilise funds through strategic partnerships to address this critical issue.”

As UN Special Envoy Jean Todt will assist the UN Secretary General in mobilising sustained political commitment towards road safety. Mr. Todt will also advocate and raise awareness about the United Nations road safety legal instruments, and share established road safety good practices, through his participations in global and regional conferences on road safety. In addition, the Special Envoy for Road Safety will generate funding for advocacy efforts through strategic partnerships between the public, private and non-governmental sectors.

Jean Todt said: “The road safety challenge is too often ignored, but road injuries are the number one killer of young people aged 15-29. That being the case, it deserves much more attention on the global political agenda. This appointment will bring greater visibility to efforts to tackle this health and development crisis, as well as new leadership and renewed momentum. In my position as FIA President, with the backing of our members, road safety has become a key priority. I have been committed to bringing together all stakeholders fighting for this cause. This new role will help build an even stronger coalition for road safety worldwide.”

As FIA President Jean Todt is an ex-officio member of the FIA Foundation’s Board of Trustees. The FIA Foundation welcomed news of the appointment. “Jean Todt has made road safety a signature issue of his FIA Presidency, and he can do much to increase the profile of road traffic injury prevention and secure new commitments to action from political and business leaders”, said Saul Billingsley, Director General of the FIA Foundation. “The FIA Foundation has worked hard for many years to integrate road safety into the international policy mainstream, most recently through advocacy for a road safety target in the Sustainable Development Goals. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Jean Todt in his new role as UN Special Envoy, and advancing this agenda to make roads safe for all.”