ECA Press Release 195/2012
Addis Ababa,13 November 2012 (ECA) - The First African
Road Safety Day will be celebrated in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
on November 18th 2012 jointly by the Government of Ethiopia,
the African Union Commission, the Economic Commission for
Africa and the World Health Organization.
According to the organizers, a UN General Assembly resolution
proclaimed a Decade of Action for Road
Safety 2011-2020in March 2010, with a goal of
stabilizing and then reducing the forecast level of road
traffic fatalities around the world by increasing activities
conducted at national, regional and global levels.
The Decade would
provide a timeframe for action to encourage political and
resource commitments both globally and nationally.
Development Partners could use the Decade as a stimulus to
integrating road safety into their assistance programs, said
They said low-income and middle-income countries could use
the Decade to accelerate the adoption of effective road
safety programs while high-income countries could use it to
make progress in improving their road safety performance and
to share experiences and knowledge with others.
Organizers expect that the "African Road Safety Day" would be
used to remember road crash victims and to raise awareness on
the need to take drastic measures to improve road safety to
achieve the goals set for the Decade.
High level messages will be delivered by the Ethiopian
Ministry of Transport, the Mayor of Addis Ababa, the AUC, ECA
and the WHO to underscore the seriousness of the scourge of
road accidents in Africa, their heavy socio-economic toll and
the need to exert concerted efforts to minimize them
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