2nd United National Road Safety Collaboration meeting
16–17 March 2005 | Geneva - The second United National road safety collaboration meeting was held at the UN Palais, in Geneva, hosted by UNECE on the 16th and 17th March 2005.
Thirty-four organisations were represented at the meeting including UN agencies, NGOs, government agencies, the private sector, foundations and donors. The special guest of honour at the meeting was His Excellency Fuad Mubarak Al-Hinai, the Permanent Representative of the Sultanate of Oman to the United Nations and the leader behind the discussions and the passing of UN Resolution 58/289 in the General Assembly in April 2004.
During the meeting, the 45 delegates:
- further refined the objectives, framework and focus of this UN collaboration;
- reported back on achievements since the 1st meeting held in October 2004;
- agreed on a number of new products; and
- discussed the process and content of a report on the implementation of UN Resolution 58/289 for submission to the 60th session of the UN General Assembly.
A document entitled UN Road Safety Collaboration: A Handbook of Partner Profiles, Version 1, March 2005 was launched at the meeting. It reflects the road safety profiles of partner organizations who participated in the 1st UN road safety collaboration meeting in October 2004. Each profile contains an overview of the organization's activities that pertain to road safety and provides contact names and email addresses. As more organizations join this collaboration, the Handbook will be regularly updated.
Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations praised the World Health Organization for initiating coordination efforts in the area of road safety saying "I commend the cooperative spirit of these entities, whose invaluable work is reflected in this Handbook, and applaud their determination to join forces to reduce road traffic injuries worldwide".
UNECE, through their Working Party 1 on Road Safety, hosted this 2nd road safety collaboration meeting at the UN Offices in Geneva. During the meeting delegates met with representatives from the Economic Commission for Africa, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia and the Economic Commission for Europe to discuss ways in which WHO and UNECE could better assist the other Regional Commissions.