Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, the Global Road Safety Partnership, World Health Organization and World Bank.
Participants were asked to list the specific needs of the region, and how these needs are related to the
principal causes of road traffic crashes in their respective countries. Participants were asked if the proposed partnership should support existing initiatives or prepare their own initiatives, or both; whether there were any successful initiatives or good practices that could be replicated in other ESCWA countries; and what specific national and regional activities/projects the partnership should implement. Lastly, they were asked how the partnership could set about collecting and disseminating road safety information and good practices
at a regional level.
III. OPENING OF THE WORKSHOP
Mr. Mohamed Al-Kharji, Director, Traffic and Patrols, Ministry
of the Interior, Qatar welcomed
participants to Doha and stressed the importance of road safety as a regional problem. He hoped that the decisions and recommendations emanating from the workshop will trigger positive changes in road safety in
Mr. Bassam Anani of ESCWA thanked the Government of Qatar for hosting the workshop.
that road traffic crashes had severe social and economic impacts and that young people are the major victims
of such tragedies.
ESCWA, in compliance with United Nations resolutions, has a significant role to play in
promoting road safety and supporting initiatives, such as the establishment of road safety partnerships.
Mr. Andrew Pearce, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) told
participants that it was a critical moment for road safety – not only in this region, but globally. Road traffic crashes accounted for about 1.2 million deaths a year and many more injuries. This global crisis is a man- made disaster and could be controlled. If collective action was taken, deaths and injuries from road crashes could be greatly reduced by 2030. He said that the Global Road Safety Partnership is a global team of road safety professionals dedicated to working, in partnerships with Governments, business and civil society, at the front line of road safety. Its main strength lay in its desire and ability to create effective partnerships between people and organizations who want to contribute to road safety in a range of different countries and
Mr. Raoul Restucci, Executive Vice President of Exploration and Production, Middle East, Caspian
and South Asia, Shell said that the workshop presented an opportunity to go beyond taking stock of the tragedies resulting from road traffic crashes and making a decisive move towards identifying what was
needed for engineering. encouraging
all of us to work together to resolve this challenge through enforcement, Mr. Restucci emphasized that reducing road traffic crashes is possible, developments have already been observed in several countries.
education and especially as
IV. CLOSING OF THE WORKSHOP
In the closing meeting, organizers launched the regional road safety partnership and presented the
recommendations. Organizers also expressed Government of Qatar for hosting this event.