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United Nations calls on nations to make roads safer

  • Elly Burhaini Faizal

    The Jakarta Post

Stockholm   /   Sat, February 22 2020   /  02:22 am

The United Nations has called on governments to take responsibility in preventing road deaths and serious injuries by putting safety at the forefront of planning, investment and products in the field of transportation.Speaking on behalf UN Secretary-General António Guterres, UN special envoy for road safety Jean Todt said that, in recent years, UN member states, intergovernmental organizations, nongovernmental partners, multilateral development banks and academic institutions had acted to reduce risks on the world’s roads.The UN system had mobilized the development of legal instruments, best practices and policy recommendations on road safety, Todt said. This was a solid foundation, he added, but clearly not enough.Road safety is one of greatest development challenges, according to the UN. Traffic accidents cause deaths among young people and have lowered people’s income in Africa, ...