Foundation pledges to Brasilia 2015 travel fund
The FIA Foundation has joined the World Bank and the governments of Brazil and the United States in contributing to a travel fund to enable government ministers from low-income countries to participate in the forthcoming 2nd Global High Level Conference on Road Safety in Brasilia.
The Foundation is providing €200,000 for the travel fund, which will be administered by the World Health Organization. This grant is being matched by the combined contributions of the hosts, Brazil, the World Bank and the US. The announcement of the Fund was made at the 3rd Preparatory ‘Friends of the Decade’ meeting for the Brasilia Conference, hosted by the Swedish Government in Gothenburg on 8th June. The 2nd Global High Level Conference on Road Safety will be held on 18-19 November 2015, with the joint objectives of reviewing and renewing progress in the Decade of Action for Road Safety and beginning the process of implementing global road safety targets expected to be included in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At least 1,500 participants – including ministerial level government delegations from at least 100 countries – are anticipated to attend. A draft ‘Brasilia Declaration’ is currently being negotiated by governments.
Saul Billingsley, the FIA Foundation’s director, said: “If we want the Brazil High Level Conference to be a success, to build new momentum for the Decade of Action and the SDGs, and to be truly inclusive of the poorest countries which are experiencing some of the worst road traffic injury problems, we need to ensure that government ministers and delegations from as many nations as possible are present in Brasilia. The FIA Foundation’s support for the travel fund demonstrates our commitment to this ministerial conference. We encourage more donors to come forward, join us, and pledge to this fund.”
The preparatory meeting took place on the eve of the Swedish Government’s ‘Towards Zero’ transport safety conference, which heard from leading policymakers from around the world. Opened by Sweden’s Minister of Infrastructure Anna Johansson, the event – which promotes the ‘vision zero’ Safe System approach to road safety pioneered by the Swedes – also heard from speakers including the head of the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mark Rosekind; New York’s Traffic Commissioner, Polly Trottenberg; and the President of Volvo Cars, Håkan Samuelsson.