African Council of Touring and Automobile (FIA)
- Date submitted: 24 Oct 2011
- Stakeholder type: Major Group
- Name: African Council of Touring and Automobile (FIA)
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Full SubmissionThe African Council for Touring and Automobile (ACTA) is a regional body under the auspices of the FIA that represents members of automobile, touring and motoring organizations within the continent. One of the main objectives is road safety, which affects all member countries with devastating effects in varying degrees. Road safety is a serious concern globally, a major public Health problem, a leading cause of disability with an estimated 1.5 million people dying every year and 50 million injuries. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be reversed by the predictable and avoidable violent deaths on our roads, which is more pronounced in low and middle income countries where political will to recognize and address the problem, lack of resources retards any meaningful progress. As an essential component of sustainable development, developing countries must begin to recognize the need to prioritize road safety in the interest of a sustainable transport system. The Rio+20 conference can play a significant role in laying the ground work for continued support and incorporation in all international meetings in future, as there is now a wide recognition that road traffic injuries are a public Health issue and a development challenge that needs to be addressed. In doing so there will be benefits no only of addressing the road carnage but also tackling climate change and working towards the Millennium Development Goals. Until road safety is integrated into the mainstream of sustainability policy, millions of people will be condemned to unnecessary and preventable violent, painful deaths. This is why it is so important that action to improve road safety and promote sustainable modes of transport is included in the agenda and outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference. The urgency of the interventions is demonstrated by the UN Secretary General in his address to the UN General Assembly, when he stated as follows, ?Recognition is growing about the critical development and public Health challenge posed by road traffic deaths and injuries. I call all member states, international agencies, civil society organization, businesses and community leaders to ensure that the Decade of Action for Road Safety leads to real improvements.?