UN Convenes Caribbean Road Safety Regional Workshop

Kingston, Jamaica, August 2, 2019: Caribbean Road Safety Regional Workshop Road Safety will be the major focus of a regional workshop being convened by the United Nations and organized by Jamaica’s Ministry of Transport and the National Road Safety Council at the IDB’s Caribbean Headquarters in Kingston on August 8 & 9.

The capacity-building workshop will bring together over 40 international experts, and representatives from Caribbean English-speaking countries to discuss safer systems approaches and urban mobility; promoting a stronger regulatory and enforcement framework; optimizing data management for improved planning and policymaking; as well as best practices for vehicle safety, including powered two-wheelers (motorcycles).  Participants will also benefit from regional case studies and best practices regarding transport policy and institutional management of road safety from Trinidad and Tobago, Surinam and Belize.

According to Jean Todt, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals have set a strong precedent for all relevant stakeholders to scale up efforts towards addressing the global road safety crisis, especially at the national and regional levels. “With 1.35 million fatalities and 50 million seriously injured every year, it has become one of the world’s most pressing development issues given the multidimensional social and economic consequences.”

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC 2015), notes the rate of fatalities from traffic accidents in the region grew from 14.75 to 17.68 deaths per 100,000 population between 2000 and 2010, an increase of 20 percent. This fatality rate is almost twice the level observed in high-income countries (10 per 100,000 population)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and Caribbean (ECLAC), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Pan-American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), workshop co-organizers, are also earmarked to make specialist presentations. This will include the state of road safety in the Americas and creating a more enabling environment for the enhanced well-being of road users.

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