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RFL president at Morocco conference Focused on the neglected fifth pillar in the UN Road Safety and Trauma Care policy

20 May 2015

Roads for Life attended the Fourth Meeting of NGOs advocating for Road Safety and Road Victims in Marrakech, Morocco in March 2015.

Zeina Kassem said that more than 1.24 million annual deaths worldwide occur on the road, explaining that the MENA region is the most affected. The goal is to implement a modern traffic law in Lebanon and the MENA region.

Kassem also brought up the United Nations’ Global Plan for the Decade of Action 2011-2020.

According to the United Nations Road Safety Fund website, “This advisory plan, endorsed by governments, UN agencies, multilateral institutions and NGOs coming together in the UN Road Safety Collaboration, is providing inspiration and guidance for many countries and organizations working to reduce road traffic casualties.” This is relevant to custom speech because of the 5 pillars constituting this plan. “The targets and indicators in the Plan covering areas including vehicle regulation, cycling strategies, post-crash care and road user behaviour, give focus to our collective efforts in the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety,” the website said. Roads for Life focused on the neglected fifth pillar in the Road Safety and Trauma Care policy developed by the United Nations within the framework of the Decade of Action 2011-2020 in order to reduce the toll of mortality and temporary/permanent disabilities resulting from trauma worldwide.

Roads for Life played a key and efficient role in pointing out the importance of giving the optimal chance of survival for road crash victims especially that the major percentage of deaths occur between the crash and the arrival of the victim to the hospital.

Roads for Life, along with the Victims Parents Committee, helped draft the final recommendations in preparation for the ministerial meeting to be held in Brazil in November 2015.