A very helpful intervention from Achim Steiner, Director of the UN Environment Programme who has written to the President of the UN General Assembly, Dr Srgjan Kerim, adding UNEP's support for a Ministerial Conference.
Excerpts from Achim Steiner's letter below:
"As motorisation increases exponentially in developing countries, sustainability and safety remain low on the political agenda. Together we can act to change this.
"Promoting investment in road safety together with non-motorised transport (e.g. sidewalks and cycle lanes) will have significant impact on health (air quality) and climate change (greenhouse gas emissions) - particularly in urban areas".
"A UN General Assembly resolution supporting a Ministerial Conference on global road safety will serve to increase high level political commitment and financial resources for this work".
Good to see the UN's environmental arm connecting the dots and seeing the impact of road safety on other agendas. Its just a shame there isn't a UN road safety or even transport arm that UNEP can hook up with...