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Volkan Bozkir (General Assembly President) sends a message at the UN Global Road Safety Week Virtual Event
16 May 2021 -  Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am honored to join you for the launch of the ‘6th UN Global Road Safety Week’ and its ‘Streets for Life #Love30’ campaign.
During a global pandemic, it is easy to forget or put aside the health and development risks associated with driving a vehicle.
The truth is that few of us have not felt the shock, the loss, or the anxiety of road accidents.
In many ways it has become an expected part of life, and this can lead to complacency.
I commend the foresight of Member States in tackling this complacency and ensuring the inclusion of Global Road Safety in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Our efforts now must be to continue scaling up action and ambition.
With the new Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030, we have an opportunity to do that.
Governments, the multilateral system, and civil society must work with all stakeholders to roll-out actions that help support road safety.
This includes incorporating road safety features into land-use and transport planning; improving the safety features of vehicles; and setting and enforcing laws relating to key risks.
For my part, I am working with Member States to prepare a High-Level Meeting of the UN General Assembly, in 2022, on effective implementation of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action.
Dear colleagues, managing speed is among the most practical, most efficient solutions to saving lives – and with minimal cost.
For this, I stand fully behind the #Love30 campaign.
In closing, I would point to the height of the pandemic, when many pedestrians ‘reclaimed’ empty city streets and urban spaces.
We should feel empowered and emboldened by this.
Reducing the speed of vehicles in urban centers not only saves lives but makes our cities more inviting and more accessible to all.
Thank you and I wish you the best in your discussion.
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