At AGM, FIA Foundation presents priorities for UN’s ‘Global Goals’ agenda
Global priorities to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) agenda on road safety and sustainable mobility were presented at the FIA Foundation’s Annual General Meeting on 3 November 2015. The FIA Foundation AGM also saw a change in Chairmanship, with the appointment of the Rt. Hon. Lord Robertson of Port Ellen replacing outgoing Chairman Tim Keown.
In a powerful call for action, Lord Robertson praised his predecessor’s leadership over the past four years. He said: “The mission to make the world a safer place on its roads keeps me involved and keeps me motivated. I look forward to following Tim Keown in the job that he has done, and working with Jean Todt in his new responsibilities as the UN’s Special Envoy on Road Safety, as well as with all the Trustees. The Foundation’s strength is derived from its independence. What we do, and what we’re involved in, is a noble mission to save lives.”
The FIA Foundation reported on its activities throughout 2015 and on the upcoming agenda for road safety and sustainable transport globally. It has been a year of unprecedented achievement with the FIA Foundation coordinating a sustained advocacy effort to secure the inclusion of road safety and vehicle fuel economy in the UN’s SDGs, also known as the ‘Global Goals’. Key partners including notably the FIA and its member clubs, which are also the Foundation’s membership, have played an active role in supporting and advancing this advocacy effort.
As a result, governments at the United Nations have agreed a target to halve road traffic fatalities by 2020 in the global Health Goal and have also included road safety in the UN’s Cities Goal as part of an agenda on accessible and sustainable transport. The Foundation outlined the global priorities to help achieve the SDG targets, which it will focus on in the coming years. Priority areas for programmatic support by the FIA Foundation include: action to support legislation achieving 100% seatbelt and helmet wearing by 2020; a minimum 3 star safety standard on 10% of the world’s highest risk roads by 2020; all cars to meet 7 UN minimum safety standards by 2020; a safe route to school for all children by 2030; safe and sustainable urban transport which includes initiatives such as the FIA Think Bikes campaign, and the ‘Share the Road’ project with the UNEP for non-motorised transport safety; and a focus on funding and donor support for road safety to expand the donor base.
Vehicle fuel economy is included in the global Energy Goal which is to double the rate of energy efficiency by 2030. This includes the Global Fuel Economy Initiative’s (GFEI) target of a 50% improvement in fuel economy of all new cars globally by 2030. Giving their support to the GFEI and FIA Foundation’s work, Mark Radka Chief of Energy, Climate and Technology Branch UNEP and Hon Flavia Munaaba, Minister of State for Environment of Uganda, spoke at the AGM.
The GFEI, which is coordinated by the FIA Foundation, is currently playing a major role at the Paris COP21 global climate summit. This includes the launch of the GFEI’s State of the World Fuel Economy report and an US $7 million commitment to support vehicle fuel economy work in countries worldwide, of which the Foundation is contributing new funding of €1 million. Coinciding with the summit, the GFEI will announce over 60 countries signing up to pledge improvements to vehicle fuel economy in its ‘100 for50by50’ campaign.
Saul Billingsley, Director General of the FIA Foundation, thanked Tim Keown for his 11 years as trustee and 4 years as the charity’s chairman: “Tim has given distinguished service to the Foundation for many years – not least as former Chairman of our Investment Committee – and, as Chairman of our Board of Trustees, has provided strong but always courteous leadership, wise counsel and much appreciated good humour in guiding the Foundation’s mission.”