Focus on lifesaving results at FIA Foundation 2016 AGM
Design and delivery of programmes to achieve the mobility targets of the Global Goals was the theme of the FIA Foundation’s 2016 Annual General Meeting.
Held in a hall of the historic Hofburg Palace in Vienna, hosted by Austrian automobile club OAMTC, the Foundation meeting on 1stDecember 2016 heard updates on major initiatives, including Global NCAP and the International Road Assessment Programme, which are now saving thousands of lives every year. The role of Latin NCAP in improving vehicle safety in Mexico and across South America; the way iRAP is influencing billions of dollars of road investment; and the new Global Initiative for Child Health & Mobility, which, with partners including UNICEF, Save the Children, World Resources Institute and UNEP, aims to ensure a safe and healthy journey for children, were all featured. The expanding work of the Global Fuel Economy Initiative, an FIA Foundation-hosted programme now supporting national fuel efficiency efforts in more than 60 countries, was also highlighted.
In his opening speech FIA Foundation Chairman Lord Robertson emphasised the urgent task of persuading governments to prioritise road safety in the Global Goals, pointing out that there is a narrow window for delivering the ambitious road safety health target. He also praised the work of FIA President, and UN Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt in promoting a new UN Road Safety Fund and voluntary safety commitments from global automakers.
Calling for greater efforts across the sustainable mobility agenda, Lord Robertson said: “How do we make the case? By repeating again and again, wherever and whenever we can, that road crashes are the leading global cause of death for adolescents and young adults. By highlighting the appalling fact that, in part because of vehicle pollution, 300 million children are breathing toxic air every day; By showing the immense economic cost of dysfunctional transport systems, but also the solutions that are available, now, to fix the problem; By challenging everyone in power – from world leaders and government ministers to mayors and local police chiefs – to commit to action.”
The meeting also heard from automobile clubs from Chile, Italy, Kenya and Moldova, just a few of the dozens of automobile clubs which are implementing initiatives around the world with Foundation support. A major new FIA child restraint toolkit funded by the FIA Foundation was presented. Important research results from funding for motor sport safety and the work of national motor sport authorities (ASNs) from the Bahamas and the Philippines were also highlighted.
In his presentation to the AGM, FIA Foundation Executive Director Saul Billingsley explained that the strength of programmes like iRAP, now directly preventing at least 16,000 deaths and serious injuries a year, is enabling the Foundation to quantify financial and human benefits of frontloaded investment in road safety countermeasures. This is vital for building donor support for a new UN road safety fund and for attracting new partners to work with the Foundation and its partners. He also provided AGM delegates with a detailed description of how Global NCAP is exposing poor car safety standards in Latin America and India.
The AGM approved new Articles of Association. These include a formal change of the charity’s legal name, from ‘FIA Foundation for the Automobile & Society’ to ‘FIA Foundation’. The AGM elected two new trustees, OAMTC President Werner Kraus and UK investment specialist Ken Woodier, and heard a speech from Honorary Chairman Rosario Alessi, who reminded members of the Foundation's achievements in road safety, environmental protection and motor sport safety over fifteen years. Veteran trustees Christian Gerondeau and John Dawson ended their term of office. John Dawson, one of the original trustees when the Foundation was established in 2001, and outgoing Chairman of iRAP, stepped down from the trustee board and was praised for his outstanding contribution to road safety over a long and distinguished career in public service.
Read the FIA Foundation’s 2016 Annual Report ‘Design & Delivery for the Global Goals’ here.
Read FIA Foundation Chairman Lord Robertson’s speech to the AGM here.
Watch the accompanying film, which shows highlights of Foundation & partner activities during 2016 here.