United Nations Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, will join Jamaicans in recognising the Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week, which will be observed from May 8 to 14 under the theme ‘Slowing Down Saves Lives’.
The main event of the week’s activities will be held on Wednesday at the Office of Prime Minister of Jamaica, beginning with a courtesy call on the Most Honourable Andrew Holness. The prime minister, who is also the chairman of the National Road Safety Council, will then proceed to deliver the opening speech.
Todt, a French motorsport executive and former rally co-driver, will deliver the keynote address at the event, while Zoleka Mandela, granddaughter of former South African leader, Nelson Mandela, who serves as the Ambassador for the Global Initiative for Child Health and Mobility, will also join Todt in speaking at the event, which is a joint initiative of the National Road Safety Council and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The Road Safety envoy will throw his support behind Jamaica’s efforts to reduce road fatalities by launching action through the ongoing campaign: Save Lives #SlowDown. The #SlowDown campaign seeks to increase understanding of the dangers of speed and generate action on measures to address speed, thereby saving lives on the roads. It also calls for urgent action around speed management to reduce projected road traffic deaths and injuries by 50 per cent by 2020.