|Organization: Inter-American Development Bank|
|Inter-American Development Bank Federation Internationale De L’Automobile (FIA)|
In Latin America and Caribbean, over 100,000 people die each year as a consequence of road incidents. Road traffic injuries are a public health problem that affects us all, although pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists -the so called vulnerable users- are the most affected in developing countries. Road traffic injuries are predictable and preventable, but tackling this problem isn’t an easy task. The only way to effectively reduce their prevalence and severity in a sustainable way is by implementing multisectorial and comprehensive interventions in our cities and roads. This event will bring together a panel of high profile international personalities to discuss the importance of road safety and its relationship with public transport policies and people-centered urban and transport planning. Our speakers will explore new approaches to build on the actions and goals detailed in the Decade of Action for Road Safety and targeted by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): to halve deaths from road traffic injuries and provide safer, inclusive and accessible transportation for all. Furthermore, this event will also address the need to support cities in developing new financing instruments to improve urban mobility, which will be critical to address road safety in the coming years. This event will illustrate the potential consequences of not acting decisively to prevent road traffic injuries and present concrete strategies to address the current problem through a panel discussion between the Heads of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and the Iberoamerican Federation of Associations Against Road Violence Victims. The panel will be moderated by Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the InterAmerican Development Bank and will also include the presentation of the “Gobernarte” Road Safety Contest winners.