Tuesday, 28 August 2012

In Brazil, Michelle Yeoh urges Rio+20 follow up

Michelle Yeoh speaking at the FIA and IDB 'Action for Road Safety' event
Michelle Yeoh, actress and Global Road Safety Ambassador, has urged Brazil to take a lead in the post-Rio+20 agenda by promoting road safety as a sustainable development priority.

In a speech at a Decade of Action event in Sao Paolo, Brazil, organised by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Michelle Yeoh said:

"The Rio+20 conference in June marked the first time ever that road safety was recognised and included at an international development summit. With Brazil's leadership the summit also resulted in agreement to develop 'Sustainable Development Goals' to meet the new challenges of the twenty-first century. This is a real opportunity. Surely this issue of road safety, which affects every one of us, in every part of the globe; which kills four hundred thousand of our children and young people each year; which mains a million people every month around the world; surely this issue meets every definition of unsustainable development?"

The conference 'Paving the Way for Road Safety', was attended by the IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno and FIA President Jean Todt. A delegation including Michelle Yeoh went on to meet the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff.

Michelle Yeoh has been a Global Road Safety Ambassador working with the Make Roads Safe campaign since 2008. She is the star of many international movies including, most recently, the lead role in 'The Lady'. You can see 'Turning Point', Michelle Yeoh's documentary film on the global road injury crisis here.   

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