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shortage of regulatory tools and enforcement. Road safety could be improved by avoiding duplication of efforts and making use of the good practices that have proven to be effective in combating road traffic tragedies. It is essential that all stakeholders play a role in road safety, especially NGOs and the private sector. As an impartial entity at an equal distance from all partners, the United Nations can play a key role in a regional road safety partnership. If present efforts in establishing the partnership are successful, they will represent a milestone in regional road safety and a major achievement to report to the First Global Ministerial Meeting on Road Safety to be held in Moscow, Russian Federation, on 19-20 November 2009.

19.

After the presentations a discussion took place on the need and role for road safety partnerships in the

region.

The discussion focused on the need to involve local communities and victims of road traffic crashes

in such partnerships.

20.

The second day of the workshop was dedicated to the establishment of the Arab Mashreq Road Safety

Partnership. Four parallel working groups focused on different aspects of the partnership. Guidelines for the

working groups were sent to all participants prior to the workshop and also distributed on the first day. main outcomes of each of the working groups are summarized below.

The

  • D.

    ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ARAB MASHREQ ROAD SAFETY PARTNERSHIP

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      Working group one discussed the need for road safety strategies and plans in the region, as well as the

role of a regional partnership in supporting the preparation and implementation of these plans. A national road safety plan should be the leading framework for national partnership projects. Some countries already have road safety plans in place, others are currently in the implementation phase, while others plan to develop them. A common approach to road safety plans is recommended.

22.

Participants discussed whether the AMRSP should provide assistance in drafting national road safety

plans; whether national road safety plans should be drafted within the context of partnership projects; if data collection and evaluation of measures regional projects should be produced within the framework of an AMRSP partnership project; whether existing best practices in Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, Jordan, Bahrain and the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya could be applied in other countries; whether road safety plans should be formulated across the ESCWA region and if so, what they should be; and lastly whether facilities for training, academic education in road safety and professional development for existing staff be included in

plans, and if so, how should the AMRSP support these activities.

23.

Working group two discussed the objectives, membership, structure and finance of the AMRSP.

Participants agreed that road safety is a shared responsibility and therefore required the participation of different sectors and stakeholders. Participants also focused on the short- and long-term objectives of the AMRSP and its priorities; its potential membership and the membership balance between the private sector, national Governments, local Governments and NGOs; the management and operations structure of AMRSP; the role and responsibility of members/partners; how operational funding of the partnership will be secured (administration, logistics, etc.); how can funds could be secured for national and regional activities/projects;

and lastly how to ensure that the partnership can be self-sustainable in the longer term.

24.

Working

groups

three

and

four

discussed

potential

projects

and

activities.

Participants

proposed

a

number of potential projects such as: an international ‘road show’ to promote road safety, youth road safety

clubs in schools; a campaign to promote the use of seatbelts; Participants identified potential partners and target countries

for proposed

projects.

recommended

to the task

These proposed projects will force for their consideration.

be

and capacity-building for professional drivers. for each project and completed project forms reviewed and worthwhile projects will be

25.

Discussions

were

held

on

the

name

of

the

proposed

partnership.

As

the

proposed

name

(Arab

Mashreq Road Safety Partnership) only referred to countries in the ESCWA region, it was suggested that the

partnership should also cover the Middle East and North Africa region. projects that could be implemented by the partnership, and whether the the recommendations/actions contained in road safety manuals and

Participants were partnership could practical guides

asked to propose base its work on prepared by the

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