His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent has visited Muscat, Oman to present his International Road Safety Award to the Sultanate in recognition of the country’s outstanding effort to promote global road safety issues at the United Nations. The visit also coincided with the 6th Meeting of the UN Road Safety Collaboration which has been held in the Omani capital city.
Speaking at the award ceremony, Prince Michael said that, “For a small nation, Oman has achieved a tremendous amount in promoting the issue of global road safety onto the international agenda”. In April 2004, acting on a proposal by the Sultanate, the UN General Assembly adopted an historic resolution (A/58/289) which drew attention to road safety, endorsed the World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention published jointly by the WHO & the World Bank, and established the UN Road Safety Collaboration. Again in October 2005, Oman proposed a further resolution (A/60/5) which mandated the first United Nations Global Road Safety Week to be held this year from April 23rd. Noting that “none of these recent developments would have been possible had the Government of Oman not played a crucial role in raising political awareness” the Prince presented his award to H.E. Mr Talib Miran Al-Raisi of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at a special ceremony in Muscat’s Diplomatic Club.
Whilst in Muscat, the Prince held a series of high level meetings to discuss the recommendations of the Make Roads Safe Report of the Commission for Global Road Safety. The Prince met with the Minister of Transport H.E. Shaikh Mohamed AlHarthy, and the Inspector General of the Royal Oman Police, H.E. Lt General Malik Sulieman AlMaamary and also visited the country’s Road Safety Institute, its Ambulance Service and the Emergency Medical Facility of the Kouhla Hospital.
Also meeting in Muscat the 6th UN Road Safety Collaboration, chaired by the WHO, brought together the UN regional commissions from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East & Europe, the World Bank Global Road Safety Facility and leading road safety organizations including the Global Road Safety Partnership, the World Road Congress and the FIA Foundation. Organised by Dr Wahid Al Kharusi, the UN meeting was held at the Road Safety Institute in Muscat with support from the Royal Oman Police Force, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the FIA Foundation. The Collaboration held working groups on data collection issues, good practice manuals, fleet, and infrastructure safety and also discussed the plans for the 2007 Global Road Safety Week.