Decade of Action Policy Forum in St Petersburg, and was accepted on behalf of the Russian Federation by Anna Popova, Vice President of Sperbank, Russia's largest commercial - and State-owned - bank, which has played an important role in financing road safety reforms and supporting the 2009 Moscow Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety. In his speech, Prince Michael said:
"Russia had the vision and courage to put her authority and prestige behind an issue that was on the margins of international policy. The Russian Federation’s offer to host the first Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, and her sponsorship of successive UN General Assembly Resolutions in 2008, 2010 and 2012, have provide much-needed leadership. And last year, at the ‘Rio plus twenty’ summit, Russia ensured that road safety was recognized and included in the summit communique.
At home, the Russian Federation has had the perception – which many countries still lack – to recognize the scale of road traffic deaths and injuries, and to take action. With support at every level, from the President down, you have worked to implement a road safety strategy to protect your citizens. The results are impressive. Between 2006 – 2011 the total number of road fatalities fell by 14.5 percent. The number of Russian children killed on the roads fell by a quarter. This statistic alone is deserving of an award.
According to the World Health organization’s recent Status Report, between 2007 and 2010 Russia record the biggest improvement in road safety performance of any of the Group of Twenty countries, so international leadership on global road safety is firmly reinforced by a strong domestic record."