Annual General Meeting reviews progress in road safety, environmental and motor sport activities
The FIA Foundation Annual General Meeting, held in St Petersburg, Russia, has heard reports on the charity’s work across the fields of road safety, environmental improvement and motor sport safety.
Launching the Annual Report, ‘Global Action for Healthy Streets’, the Foundation’s chairman, Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, described the challenges facing the international community: “Eight years into the Decade of Action, road traffic deaths are still increasing. Almost 1.4 million lives lost, so many maimed, so much misery. We are a million miles away from achieving the global targets that have been set. So we need to raise our level of ambition, to demand greater action from governments and institutions, and from ourselves.”
He described some of the achievements supported by the Foundation during 2018, including the launch of the new UN Road Safety Trust Fund, with a $10 million commitment from the Foundation; $3 billion dollars of road infrastructure investment influenced by iRAP; the introduction of the life-saving HALO protection device into Formula’s One, Two, Three and E; more than 30 national workshops organised by the Global Fuel Economy Initiative; the decision by the Vietnamese government to provide every school first-grader with a motorcycle helmet; and the launch of the new Real Urban Emissions, or TRUE, initiative. He also highlighted how the Foundation’s blend of research, funding and advocacy are innovating in policy arenas.
“Our research and advocacy are having real impact, complementing the work of the FIA High Level Panel on Road Safety by building alliances beyond the traditional road safety community”, Lord Robertson said. “During 2018 we have taken the road safety message out to the World Urban Forum, the World Health Assembly and the UN heads of government Summit on non-communicable diseases. Through our strong emphasis on adolescent health, we are urging policymakers and donors to respond to the utterly compelling data. We are asking them difficult questions: if the leading cause of adolescent death is road traffic injury, why are there no mainstream international action programmes in response?”
Saul Billingsley, the FIA Foundation’s Executive Director, provided an update on the charity’s ‘This Is My Street’ advocacy campaign to build traffic injury and air quality into the international child health agenda, and described the vital role iRAP’s Star Rating for Schools initiative can play in delivering ‘healthy streets’, with a key role for FIA member clubs. The AGM also heard from recipients of funding including several FIA member clubs from both mobility and sporting arms. The Safety Director of the FIA, Adam Baker, presented the latest developments in motor sport safety research; and AIP Foundation CEO Mirjam Sidik presented the ‘Head First’ case study of Vietnam’s twenty years of advocacy, legislation, awareness raising, implementation and enforcement to improve motorcycle helmet wearing.
The AGM re-elected trustees Marilena Amoni, Alan Gow and Jose Abed to new terms of office. Japanese trustee Takayoshi Yashiro stepped down from the board, and in his place the AGM elected actor, activist and UN goodwill ambassador Michelle Yeoh.
In a special presentation, by video, HRH Prince Michael of Kent announced that Jean Todt, FIA President and UN Special Envoy for Road Safety, is the recipient of his 2018 Decade of Action Award. Prince Michael said: “This year my award recognises someone whose vision and energy is making an outstanding contribution. Using both his FIA and UN offices, Jean successfully campaigned for the first ever UN Road Safety Trust Fund, which has now been established and will support strategic investment in low and middle income countries. This is a highly significant achievement. I am therefore delighted that Jean Todt is the winner of my 2018 Decade of Action Award.”
The 2018 AGM was held at the Astoria Hotel, St Petersburg, during the FIA annual meetings, on the invitation of the Russian Automobile Federation.