Global Road Safety Initiative, Phase Two
They all got together at last weekend's Global Ministerial Meeting on Road Safety in Moscow, where the guidelines of the future Decade of Action on road safety were established.
"Mobility is a key to generating wealth – a key to economic growth and prosperity for billions of people,” Patrick Lepercq, Michelin vice president of public affairs said.
“However, we also see that mobility has created a global crisis that is taking 1.2 million lives and causing 50 million injuries every year, with huge economic costs estimated at 65 billion USD per year in the low- and middle-income countries where mobility is growing fastest. Businesses can play a key role in addressing this major humanitarian crisis.”
As said, the second phase of GRSI will be part of the Decade of Action, whose main goal is reducing number of projected deaths by at least 50 percent by 2020. The Decade of Action is based on studies showing that by 2030, the projected number of deaths will be double the one recorded today.
"We strongly support the partnership concept, which links the private sector with government and civil society groups,” David Lewis, GRSI chairman added. "I believe we create synergies by working together – our combined efforts are more effective than if the three sectors work on their own.”