Brazil’s President hails Decade of Action at UN 

President Rousseff addresses the UN General Assembly (Copyright United Nations)
l-r Former racing driver Emerson Fittipaldi, President Rousseff, Ban Ki-Moon and Jean Todt at the UN (Copyright United Nations)

The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, has pledged her country’s support for the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety in a speech to the UN General Assembly.

Speaking at the opening of the UN General Assembly’s Sixty-Seventh session on September 25th, President Rousseff highlighted the Decade of Action as an important initiative to prevent ‘a leading cause of death amongst the world’s young people’ and committed the Brazilian government to working to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries, including by undertaking a major awareness campaign in partnership with the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).

President Rousseff’s initiative at the UN came just weeks after she met, together with several of her ministers, an FIA delegation led by FIA President Jean Todt and Global Road Safety Ambassador Michelle Yeoh in Brazilia. The high level meeting between the Brazilian Government and the FIA followed a conference in Sao Paolo in August hosted by the FIA and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) ‘Paving the Way to Road Safety’ at which Jean Todt and IDB President Lusi Alberto Moreno agreed to work together on a strategy for road safety in Latin America and the Caribbean. The conference was part of the FIA’s ‘Action for Road Safety’ initiative, which is supported with a  grant from the FIA Foundation.

Following her speech to the UN, President Rousseff  and Jean Todt met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to discuss the progress of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety.

See President Rousseff’s speech here ( UN Decade of Action mentioned at 18 minutes 20 seconds)