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Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, the Global Road Safety Partnership, World Health Organization and World Bank.

26.

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

27.

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

the region.

28.

Mr. Bassam Anani of ESCWA thanked the Government of Qatar for hosting the workshop.

He said

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.

29.

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

environments.

30.

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

31.

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.

their

appreciation

to

all

participants

and

thanked

the

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