|'Friends of the Decade' Governments meeting at the Swedish Cabinet Office|
Hosted by Sweden’s Minister for Infrastructure, Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd, at Sweden’s Government Offices on June 3rd, the meeting brought together officials from countries including Brazil, France, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Russian Federation, Spain, Thailand and the USA. Agencies present included the UN Regional Commission for Europe, the World Health Organization and the World Bank. The Commission for Global Road Safety, FIA Foundation, FIA and the Global Road Safety Partnership also participated.
The meeting reviewed the progress of the Decade of Action at the two-year point, focusing particularly on the impact on national policy with reports from the countries present. A strategy session included a presentation on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals process from David Ward, representing the Commission for Global Road Safety; a discussion on setting targets and indicators for road traffic injury prevention led by Etienne Krug, Director of Injury Prevention at WHO; and a discussion on the potential for innovative financing schemes to support international catalytic efforts for the Decade, with a presentation from Saul Billingsley of the FIA Foundation/Road Safety Fund. The meeting was also briefed by Alexander Alimov, Deputy Director of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on a forthcoming UN General Assembly Resolution on global road safety, expected to be agreed by consensus in UN member states in Spring 2014.