Mr. Amer Melhem, Disaster Management Coordinator at the Qatar Red Crescent Society said that Red
Cross and Red Crescent societies can play in a regional road safety partnership and advocacy campaigns. He said that Governments can also benefit from available case studies and community-based approaches to promote road safety and raise awareness of the problem. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society has launched a global alliance on risk reduction, and road traffic crashes tops the list of
risks that urgently need to be addressed.
Mr. Basil Shaaban, Professional Formula 3 Racing Driver and United Nations World Ambassador for
Road Safety, said that mitigating the global road safety crisis had parallels with car racing. The high-speed world of professional circuit racing called for the highest safety and responsible driving standards. These safety and driving standards could be used to promote road safety in the Middle East. To date, his efforts to promote road safety have focused on educating and motivating young people in the Middle East to take a
responsible approach to their lives and ensure that they adopt safe driving habits.
Ms. Nellie Ghusayni, Chairperson of the World Youth Assembly for Road Safety told participants that
1,049 young lives were lost every day in road traffic crashes – more than 30 per cent of road traffic fatalities yearly. Youth needed to become more involved in this issue as, tragically, they have earned the right to have
a say in matters relating to road safety.
Young people should be viewed as active participants, partners, and
eventually leaders in this field. This is the best way to culture of safety among a population that actively seeks
create a sustainable road safety movement and a out risk. She also shared her experiences as the
Chairperson of delegates from
the World Youth Assembly (23-24 April 2007, Geneva, Switzerland) where 400 young more than 100 countries adopted the Youth Declaration for Road Safety. She called on
organization, and attract, empower, and equip young people in the region to safety, but also check to see if what is being done will achieve positive results.
C. ROAD SAFETY PARTNERSHIPS
Mr. Raoul Restucci, Executive Vice President of Exploration and Production, Middle East, Caspian
and South Asia, Shell emphasized that road transportation is an integral part of Shell activities. Shell has comprehensive internal programmes to manage its exposure to road traffic crashes. However, despite these efforts, road transportation remains the number one cause of fatalities in Shell. The company is committed to improving its performance and recognizes that focusing on internal programmes alone will not mitigate the
Shell and the wider business
Through its regional office
sector, can play in Dubai, Shell is
a vital role in supporting supporting the proposal for
broader societal an Arab Mashreq
Road Safety Partnership. He said that announced that Shell has offered to established and developed.
a partnership approach would bring real benefits to the provide financial support to the partnership secretariat
region. He while it is
Mr. Peter Elsenaar, Senior Advisor, Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) gave examples of GRSP safety partnerships from around the world, and said that as road crashes are caused by society, the
countermeasures should also be initiated by society. Governments, NGOs and the private sector need to join together to raise awareness and execute projects, particularly as joint efforts have been shown to be effective. He proposed that the GRSP constitution could be a source of inspiration for the organization of the Arab
Mashreq Road Safety Partnership implementing successful projects,
(AMRSP). and that this
He also suggested that his organization’s along with the recommendations contained
experience in in WHO road
safety manuals, could serve as starting points for AMRSP activities. Mr. projects should fit into national road safety plans in order to build synergies work towards the objective of reducing risk on roads in the region, which are
Elsenaar stressed that regional with national programmes, and currently far higher than that of
Europe or the United States.
Mr. Bassam Anani, First Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Economic and Social Commission
for Western Asia (ESCWA) highlighted that road transport, unlike other transport modes, suffers from