FIA Foundation sponsors Road Safety Film Festival

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(L-R) Sheila Watson, Deputy Director, FIA Foundation; Michelle Yeoh, UNDP Ambassador; Jean Todt, UN Special Envoy for Road Safety; Eva Molnar, Transport Director, UNECE; & Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary, UNECE.
(L-R) Sheila Watson, Deputy Director, FIA Foundation; Michelle Yeoh, UNDP Ambassador; Jean Todt, UN Special Envoy for Road Safety; Eva Molnar, Transport Director, UNECE; & Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary, UNECE.
Grand Prix Award: "Reflections from Inside Dawn" by We Save Lives (USA).
2nd place: "Distracted Driving" by the Road Safety Research Center of the Ministry of Public Security (China).
3rd place: "Do not use the phone" by the Slovenian Traffic Safety Agency (Slovenia).

The FIA Foundation has sponsored the 2017 Global Road Safety Film Festival, which was held as part of the UN ECE Inland Transport Committee’s 70th anniversary meeting in Geneva.

FIA Foundation Deputy Director Sheila Watson attended the prestigious event at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 21st February 2017. FIA President Jean Todt, in his role as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety was President of the Jury, which included UNECE Executive Secretary Christian Friis Bas, film director Luc Besson, IOC President Thomas Bach and actors Jean Reno and Michelle Yeoh.

The Global Road Safety Film Festival is organised by Laser International Foundation (LIFE), and has a goal of promoting international cooperation in safe and sustainable mobility, raising awareness of road safety issues, and offering a platform for road safety film makers. The Festival welcomes Governmental representatives, business responsible, local authorities and associations; producers, directors, multimedia users on road safety; students and young people involved in road safety, journalists, communication professionals and all the United Nations road safety partners.

More than 200 films were presented at the event. The US film “Reflections from Inside Dawn” addressing drink-driving and produced by the NGO We Save Lives won the Grand Prix. Films produced by the Chinese Ministry of Public Security and Slovenian Traffic Safety Agency showing the risks of using mobile phones while driving won second and third prize respectively.

Also as part of the UNECE Transport Committee meeting, Sheila Watson attended an important UN Environment – UNECE conference on ‘Ensuring Better Air Quality and Reduced Climate Emissions through Cleaner Used Vehicles’. The meeting raised awareness of the issue of ‘environmental dumping’ of high polluting vehicles to developing countries. It highlighted the lack of regional or global agreements governing the flow of used vehicles. The costs of scrapping vehicles can be high making exporting these to other markets attractive. The FIA Foundation work closely with UN Environment through the Global Fuel Economy Initiative and the Partnership on Clean Vehicles and Fuels (PCFV), and supports countries to implement policies to reduce emissions and improve air quality.