New Delhi: Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSMEs, Nitin Gadkari reached Stockholm today to represent India at the ‘3rd High Level Global Conference on Road Safety for Achieving Global Goals 2030’. The objective of the two-day conference is to bring road safety on the global agenda and renew the world community’s commitment to safer roads. Leaders from participating countries will draw up a road-map for reaching the United Nation’s goal set under the UN Decade of Action of reducing road crashes by 2030.
The Conference, a follow up of the 2nd High Level Global Conference on ‘Traffic Safety-Time of Results’ in 2015 in Brazil, is being organised in active collaboration with World Bank, World Health Organisation (WHO) and other agencies that are assisting it by way of strengthening the capabilities of various institutions, enhancing awareness and improving engineering designs for safer roads.
A significant highlight of the conference will be sharing of the expertise by the nations which have gained experience in road safety management with those who are behind in the learning curve.
Most developing countries, particularly the South Asian and the South East Asian Region, including India, are expected to focus on specific issues and challenges faced by them on account of a significant number of their motorised vehicles consisting of two-wheelers. A large proportion of fatalities and injuries in these countries are accounted for by that segment of their population which use motorised and also non-motorised two-wheelers.
At the 2nd High Level Global Conference on Traffic Safety in 2015, Gadkari had signed the Brasilia Declaration on behalf of India. The Declaration committed the world community to reducing the number of deaths in road accidents.
The King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf, will attend the opening session of the conference where the Stockholm Declaration will be presented by the Swedish Minister for Infrastructure, Tomas Eneroth.
Messages from Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organisation (WHO), and Omnia El Omrani, Transport Commissioner, European Commission will be read out on the occasion.
During his stay in Stockholm, Gadkari will hold bilateral talks with the Swedish Minister for Infrastructure, Tomas Eneroth; Minister for Foreign Trade, Anna Hallberg, Minister for Business, Industry & Innovation, Ibrahim Baylan; and the British Minister for Road Safety, Charlotte Vere.
Gadkari will also hold talks with the World Bank Vice President (South Asia), Hart Schafer. Also on Gadkari’s itinerary will be a Sweden-India Transportation Safety and Innovation Partnership meeting to be attended by a number of CEOs. Moreover, Swedish and Indian businesses are likely to exchange several MOUs on this occasion.
The United Nations, which has included Road Safety as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), has appealed to the global community to reaffirm their commitment to reducing mortality arising out of road crashes and join hands for making the world a safer place.
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