BRASILIA: The Second Global High-level Conference on Road Safety kicks off Wednesday in Brasilia, where representatives from nearly every country will convene to discuss the status of road safety.
The conference is scheduled to be held Nov. 18 and 19, and is hosted by the Brazilian government and co-sponsored by the World Health Organization.
Discussions will tackle the commitment of the international community towards the reduction of the road traffic deaths, which remains a major public health issue as it i the ninth leading cause of death.
In 2013, there were 1.25 million road traffic deaths globally, according to WHO’s 2015 road safety status report. Road traffic injuries are the number one cause of death among those aged 15-29, according to the organization.
Thousands of delegations are expected to come, including ministries, U.N. representatives and civil societies.
There will be side sessions that will consider different aspects and issues related to road safety, including speeding, pedestrian vulnerability, child restraints, post-crash care, safer vehicles and roads, construction and legislations.
During the conference, the Brazilian government will present the “Brasilia Declaration,” its latest declaration regarding the road safety.
The attendees will also review the achievements of the Decade of Action program (2011-2020,) which aims to reduce road fatalities by 50 percent. Egypt is one of 10 countries enrolled in the program, as it loses about 12,000 lives every year due to road traffic crashes.
The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), with the help of WHO, have chosen 25 journalists from around the world, including from The Cairo Post, to attend the high-level conference as part of a road safety fellowship.