The FIA Foundation has an international reputation for innovative global road safety philanthropy; practical environmental research and interventions to improve air quality and tackle climate change; and high impact strategic advocacy in the areas of road traffic injury prevention and motor vehicle fuel efficiency. Our aim is to ensure ‘Safe, Clean, Fair and Green’ mobility for all, playing our part to ensure a sustainable future.

The Foundation first proposed the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, devised and coordinates the Global Fuel Economy Initiative, and has provided the core grant for both the International Road Assessment Programme and the Global New Car Assessment Programme. Through funding partnerships with the World Health Organization, the UN Environment Programme, the World Bank Global Road Safety Facility and the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile we are supporting programmes, pilot initiatives and campaigns in more than 80 countries around the world.

Since the Foundation was established as an independent UK registered charity in 2001 by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), we have developed a portfolio of innovative philanthropic programmes and a successful record of achievement in global public policy. Please see below for some of the highlights and see our archived website for more details of all Foundation activities between 2002-2014

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The Foundation is established with a $300 million donation by the FIA. The inaugural Chairman is Rosario Alessi, President of the Automobile Club of Italy, and David Ward is appointed as Director General.

2001
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The Foundation funds a new 5 year strategic road traffic injury prevention programme launched by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dec 2002
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Supporting independent consumer information on car safety, the Foundation becomes a donor to the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), an initiative first established by the UK Government and the FIA.

 Dec 2002
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A major global road safety conference ‘Sharing Responsibility for Safer Roads’ is hosted by the Foundation in London to build momentum for international action on road deaths and injuries. WHO Director General Gro Harlem Brundtland is keynote speaker.

  Dec 2003
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The European Road Assessment Programme (Euro-RAP), an independent initiative to rate the safety of road infrastructure, is established by EU automobile clubs with grant support from the FIA Foundation.

Dec 2003
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An innovative seat belt campaign is launched in Costa Rica with the Automobile Club of Costa Rica and the government, with a seat belt ‘toolkit’ prepared for the Foundation by the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory that will become a model for a UN series of road safety manuals.

Dec 2003
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The Foundation becomes a member and donor of the UN’s Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles, launched as an outcome of the 2002 Johannesburg Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Dec 2003
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The seminal WHO/World Bank ‘World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention’ is launched by President Chirac of France as part of the first WHO World Health Day devoted to road safety. The Foundation provides financial support and is part of the editorial advisory group.

Oct 2004
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A UN General Assembly resolution approves a multi-sectoral ‘UN Road Safety Collaboration’ to better coordinate global road safety efforts. The Foundation participates in the first meeting.

Oct 2004
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Together with the FIA the Foundation establishes the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety to hot-house safety research and training, and becomes its major donor.

Oct 2004
 
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In partnership with Bridgestone, a leading tyre manufacturer, the Foundation launches the ‘Think Before You Drive’ road safety awareness initiative. Millions of advice leaflets on drink driving, speeding and the importance of using seat belts are distributed to the public by more than 70 automobile clubs worldwide.

 Mar 2005
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The ‘RAP’ road assessment programme has expanded beyond Europe to Australia and the US; the Citroën C6 becomes the first car to achieve 4 stars for pedestrian protection in Euro NCAP tests; and the Costa Rica seat belt project results in new national legislation.

Nov 2005
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The World Bank and the Foundation together announce a new Global Road Safety Facility to encourage donor support. The Foundation commits US $5 million to the new venture, which is launched at an event at the UK Houses of Parliament.

 Nov 2005
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The Foundation announces the establishment of a ‘Commission for Global Road Safety’, chaired by former NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson of Port Ellen. The Commission, with a secretariat provided by the Foundation, will have a remit to propose action to raise the political response to the road injury epidemic.

 Feb 2006
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The Commission for Global Road Safety’s first report ‘Make Roads Safe: a new priority for sustainable development’, is launched. The FIA Foundation establishes a ‘Make Roads Safe’ campaign to advocate for the Commission’s recommendations, which include a call for a first ever global ministerial conference on the issue.

 Jun 2006
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Lord Robertson and FIA President Max Mosley meet Russian Deputy Premier Alexander Zhukov and Victor Kiryanov, Chief of the Road Traffic Inspectorate of the Russian Federation, to discuss the Commission’s proposal for a global ministerial meeting.

Jun 2006
 
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An ‘Eco-Drive’ toolkit designed by the Japanese Automobile Federation (JAF) and an Eco-Test established by the German automobile club ADAC are two fuel efficiency initiatives supported by the Foundation.

Apr 2006
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The International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP), a sister programme of Euro RAP focused on improving infrastructure safety in developing countries, signs an MOU with the World Bank. Automobile clubs in Europe, the US and Australia help to develop pilot programmes in South Africa, Costa Rica and Malaysia.

Oct 2006
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The European Commission asks the Foundation to chair an ‘E-safety Aware’ initiative to promote electronic stability control and other active safety technologies in passenger cars.

Nov 2006
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The Partnership for Clean Fuels & Vehicles wins the prestigious ‘UN 21’ award for its work to phase out leaded fuel in Africa.

Jan 2007
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The Foundation’s ‘Make Roads Safe’ campaign launches a global petition calling for a UN ministerial conference. At the first UN Global Road Safety week F1 champion Michael Schumacher announces the petition, which is supported by UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Apr 2007
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu is keynote speaker in the Foundation’s policy forum at the FIA ‘Conference Week’ in Cape Town and voices his support for the Make Roads Safe campaign.

 May 2007
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More than 70 automobile clubs, and dozens of road safety NGOs, support the Make Roads Safe Campaign and promote the global petition. The proposal for a Ministerial Conference wins the endorsement of a number of government leaders.

 Sep 2007
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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon encourages governments to “support efforts to hold a ministerial conference on road safety, under the auspices of the United Nations, which would review progress in international road safety, including the implementation of the recommendations contained in the World Report on road traffic injury prevention.

 Oct 2007
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In Europe, the ‘Choose ESC’ campaign coordinated by the Foundation builds momentum, with national launches led by automobile clubs in several countries.

 Jan 2008
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The Foundation, the International Energy Agency, International Transport Forum, and UN Environment Programme jointly hold a multi-stakeholder roundtable workshop to explore a ‘Global Approach to Automotive Fuel Economy’.

Apr 2008
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The Foundation organises a major ‘Making Roads Safe’ conference at the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development in London bringing together all the major multi-lateral development banks to discuss a coordinated effort to improve infrastructure safety. The work of iRAP is also showcased.

 Jul 2008
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The UN General Assembly accepts Russia’s offer to host a ministerial conference. Lord Robertson presents a million name petition to Ban Ki-Moon at the UN in New York.

Sep 2008
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Meeting in St Petersburg, the Commission for Global Road Safety calls for a ‘Decade of Action for Road Safety’ to be the outcome of the Moscow Ministerial. New FIA Foundation road safety ambassador, movie actor Michelle Yeoh, launches the campaign with a march by 2000 children in Vietnam.

Sep 2008
 
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The FIA Institute wins the 2008 Professional Motorsport World award for its work in improving side-impact protection in rallying.

Nov 2008
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Rosario Alessi steps down as Foundation Chairman, to be replaced by Carlos Macaya, President of the Automobile Club of Costa Rica.

Nov 2008
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The Foundation-coordinated ‘Call for a Decade of Action’ campaign gains high level endorsements, as the Foundation participates in the preparatory meetings for the Moscow Ministerial.

Jan 2009
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The ‘Global Fuel Economy Initiative’ is launched at the Geneva Motor Show. Coordinated by the Foundation, with partners the International Energy Agency, International Transport Forum, and UN Environment Programme, GFEI aims to promote ’50 by 50’: a 50% average fuel efficiency improvement in passenger cars by 2050. GFEI is the Foundation’s major Climate initiative.

Mar 2009
 
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The second Commission for Global Road Safety report ‘Make Roads Safe: a Decade of Action for Road Safety’ is launched at an event in Rome, which also sees the premiere of a new road safety documentary by Michelle Yeoh. More than 200 international organisations, automobile clubs and NGOs are hosted by the Foundation at the Vatican.

May 2009
 
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The Foundation makes a ten-year, €10 million, Commitment to support iRAP’s work to deliver ‘Vaccines for Roads’ at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.

 Nov 2009
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In Moscow, on 19/20 November 2009, President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia opens the first Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, bringing together more than 80 ministers and 1600 delegates from over 120 countries. Lord Robertson, Michelle Yeoh and Foundation Director General David Ward make plenary speeches. The Ministerial Conference endorses the proposal for a Decade of Action.

Nov 2009
 
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The Foundation wins HRH Prince Michael of Kent’s ‘Premier Award’ for its work coordinating the Commission and leading the effort to secure the Ministerial and a Decade of Action.

Dec 2009
 
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At a regional workshop in Nairobi, the UN Environment Programme and the Foundation launch their ‘Share the Road’ initiative to encourage policies for walking and cycling, with an initial focus on East Africa.

Feb 2010
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The UN General Assembly approves a resolution proclaiming the ‘UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020’. The goal of the Decade is to ‘stabilise and then reduce’ global road traffic deaths.

 Mar 2010
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Facilitated by FIA President Jean Todt, the Foundation works with global advertising group WPP and its chairman Martin Sorrell to devise a symbol for the Decade of Action. The resulting yellow ‘Tag’ is unveiled at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.

Sep 2010
 
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Also at CGI, Michael Bloomberg and Michelle Yeoh join Bill Clinton on stage to announce a number of road safety Commitments, including a €10 million Foundation commitment to support initiatives promoting motorcycle helmet and seat belt use, and other safe road user behaviour.

Sep 2010
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GFEI’s work to promote fuel economy is bolstered by funding commitments from the EU, US EPA and the Global Environment Facility. GFEI’s work, including a national workshop in India and technical partnerships with a number of countries, are highlighted at the Copenhagen Climate Summit.

Sep 2010
 
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The Foundation supports the first ever independent car crash tests in Latin America, as ‘Latin NCAP’ is launched.

Oct 2010
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On the eve of the launch of the Decade of Action, the Foundation hosts the UN Road Safety Collaboration in London where a ‘Global Plan’ is adopted, and the Commission for Global Road Safety publishes its third report, ‘Make Roads Safe: Time for Action’.

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Apr 2011
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In partnership with WHO, the Foundation launches a ‘Road Safety Fund’ to facilitate private sector support for the Decade of Action. Hosted by the Foundation, the Fund will provide support to road safety NGOs.

Apr 2011
 
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The UN Decade of Action for Road Safety is launched on 11 May 2011, with events around the world. The Foundation brings F1 champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton together with UK Prime Minister David Cameron to promote the Decade, and also participates in launches in China, Kenya, Mexico and the USA.

May 2011
 
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At the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV) Conference in Washington D.C., the Foundation announces the establishment of a Global New Car Assessment Programme – Global NCAP - to promote vehicle safety in emerging markets.

Jun 2011
 
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The Foundation makes a €10 million Commitment to Global NCAP at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.

Sep 2011
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UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner hails the achievement of the Partnership for Clean Fuels & Vehicles: "It is clear that the elimination of leaded petrol is an immense achievement on par with the global elimination of major deadly diseases."

Oct 2011
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Carlos Macaya steps down as Chairman at the annual meeting in Delhi, to be replaced by Tim Keown, former Chairman of the UK’s Royal Automobile Club. The Foundation finalises a strategic review to mark its first ten years.

Dec 2011
 
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At a policy forum organised by the Foundation in New York, Brookings Institution senior researcher Kevin Watkins launches a Make Roads Safe campaign report calling for road safety to be included in the post-2015 agenda.

May 2012
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Road safety is recognised in the ‘Rio+20’ summit communique, following a campaign led by the Foundation. The Foundation coordinates ‘commitments’ on road safety and fuel economy that are announced at the summit.

May 2012
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Global NCAP holds the largest ever gathering of regional car crash test programmes at its annual meeting in Malaysia, hosted by the Malaysian Institute for Road Safety Research and the Automobile Association of Malaysia. A new ‘ASEAN NCAP’ is announced.

May 2012
 
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Zoleka Mandela announces the launch of the Zenani Mandela Campaign and the ‘Long Short Walk’, both coordinated by the Foundation. The aim is to promote road safety for children, specifically safe routes to school, and advocate for road safety to be part of the post-2015 agenda.

May 2012
 
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The Foundation marks its 10th anniversary with a reception during the FIA Conference Week, held in Prague, Czech Republic.

Jun 2012
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At the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, Bill Clinton highlights the work of the Foundation: “Providing financial, technical and policy support their leadership has helped to activate a number of road safety efforts including helmet distribution, awareness campaigns including parental awareness of vehicle restraints for children, training of police forces and traffic laws.”

Sep 2012
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At its global meeting in London hosted by the Foundation, the Partnership for Clean Fuels & Vehicles agrees a new drive to promote low sulphur fuel and tackle particulate emissions.

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Oct 2012
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Building on five years of philanthropic support for motorcycle helmet wearing in SE Asia, the Foundation joins its regional NGO partner, the AIP Foundation, to call for new motorcycle helmet legislation in Cambodia.

Jan 2013
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Tens of thousands of people across the world take part in ‘Long Short Walks’ during UN Global Road Safety Week, urging pedestrian rights for a safe walking environment.

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Apr 2013
 
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At a policy forum in St Petersburg, Russia, the Commission for Global Road Safety launches its fourth report, ‘Safe Roads for All: a post-2015 agenda for health and development’, urging inclusion of road safety in the new Sustainable Development Goals.

  May 2013
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GFEI holds its second Global Networking Meeting in Paris, with representatives of more than 25 countries participating, to review progress and discuss integration of GFEI within the post-2015 agenda and the Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

Jun 2013
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UNEP and the Foundation hold a ‘Share the Road’ Policy Dialogue in Nairobi for African governments and urban planners, and release design guidelines for non-motorised transport in East Africa.

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July 2013
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After 12 years at the helm, the Foundation’s Director General David Ward announces his resignation.

Aug 2013
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At its annual meeting in Paris, the Foundation launches its new ‘Safe, Clean, Fair & Green’ sustainable mobility agenda for the post-2015 era.

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Dec 2013
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The Foundation represents transport NGOs at a UN hearing on the Sustainable Development Goals in New York.

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Jan 2014
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Global NCAP launches the first independent crash tests of cars takes in India. Popular cars score zero stars for safety, prompting widespread publicity.

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Jan 2014
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Following a four month search led by international recruitment advisers, Saul Billingsley is appointed as the Foundation’s new Director General.

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Feb 2014
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A new UN resolution on road safety endorses Brazil’s offer to host a Ministerial Conference.

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Apr 2014
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The Global Fuel Economy Initiative is featured at the UN Climate Summit in New York.

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Sep 2014
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The G20 summit in Brisbane endorses GFEI as part of its energy efficiency workstream.

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Nov 2014
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The FIA Foundation and UNICEF announce a partnership to tackle child road traffic injury.

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Dec 2014