United Nations Special Envoy for Road Safety
United Nations Secretary-General announced on 29 April 2015 the appointment of Jean Todt as his Special Envoy for Road Safety. Mr. Todt is the President of Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) - Terms of Reference and Mr. Todt's CV.
Every year, some 1.3 million people are killed and up to 50 million people are injured on the world’s roads. Half of all road traffic deaths are among vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Road traffic deaths are also the leading cause of death for young people aged 15-29, and road traffic injuries are the eighth leading cause of death globally... Read more
The Special Envoy attended the webinar “Mobility and COVID-19: A Blessing in Disguise for Road Safety” hosted by IDB to discuss the impact of COVID-19 outbreak on mobility and how this emergency is being used as an opportunity to give a new shape to safe mobility.
Key Areas of Work
- The Special Envoy delivered his opening remarks at the 82nd Inland Transport Committee of the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) annual session in Geneva, alongside ECE Executive Secretary, and declared "Global Road Safety Emergency".
The Special Envoy hosted a Ministerial Lunch on the margins of the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety. During the event the book authored by the Special Envoy, titled “Millions of lives to save on the roads” was officially released.
The Special Envoy attended the Annual WEF Meeting, marking the international institution’s 50th anniversary.
The Special Envoy convened the 3rd United Nations Partnership Meeting for Road Safety to generate more momentum for concerted road safety efforts across the UN system.
The Special Envoy initiated the Caribbean Road Safety Regional Workshop to discuss the road safety situation in the region and to share best practices and lessons learned.
- EU Delegation and the Special Envoy hosted the launch of the Geneva Friends of Road Safety Network aimed to improve road safety through awareness raising, mobilizing funding and increasing development cooperation.