African Council of Touring and Automobile (FIA)
- Date submitted: 24 Oct 2011
- Stakeholder type: Major Group
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The 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
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.?