Auto club to host LAC Child Safety Congress
A major Latin American conference to support child road injury prevention will be held in Costa Rica during UN Global Road Safety Week in May 2015.
The ‘Child Road Safety in the Americas’ Congress will be co-chaired by the Automobile Club of Costa Rica (ACCR), led by its president and former FIA Foundation chairman Carlos Macaya, and the American Academy of Paediatrics. The FIA Foundation is providing financial and logistical support. Other partners in the organising committee include the US Centers for Disease Control & Injury Prevention, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, IRAP and the Gonzalo Rodriguez Foundation.
The Congress will take place on 7-8 May in San Jose, Costa Rica, during the 3rd UN Global Road Safety Week, which is focused on children and road safety. The centrepiece of the UN Week is the #SaveKidsLives campaign in support of a Child Declaration on Road Safety, which includes a call for road safety targets to be included in the new Sustainable Development Goals due to be finalised during 2015.
For the ACCR the Congress is the latest in a series of road safety activities. Working with the FIA Foundation and the government of Costa Rica, the auto club led a seat belt legislation and awareness campaign in 2003-4 which helped to serve as a model for the first global seat belt manual produced by the UN Road Safety Collaboration. The ACCR was also a partner in one of the earliest iRAP pilot projects and secured the single largest number of signatures for the ‘Make Roads Safe’ global petition in 2007-8. More recently, the auto club has partnered with the Inter-American Development Bank and Sesame Workshop to pilot road infrastructure and safety awareness focused on schools.
Carlos Macaya, President of the Automobile Club of Costa Rica, said:
“The Congress on Child Road Safety in the Americas will provide an important and timely opportunity to raise awareness about the scale of child death and injury on the roads of Latin America and the Caribbean, and to call for high level support for road safety action. With the imminent decision on road safety targets in the Sustainable Development Goals and the forthcoming Global Ministerial Conference in Brazil, governments and civil society in Latin America have a vital role to play in securing safer roads. I am proud that the Automobile Club of Costa Rica is co-chairing this prestigious Congress and, as a former Chairman, pleased that the FIA Foundation is also supporting this meeting. I hope many automobile clubs from across the region will participate.”