On March 19, in Hanoi, the Vietnamese government handed a symbolic baton to United Nations (UN) Special Envoy for Road Safety Jean Todt to officially announce Vietnam’s commitment to implementing the UN’s road crash prevention goals.
|Representatives from UPS and AIP foundations at the event
Leading up to the third United Nations Ministerial Meeting scheduled in Sweden in February 2020, Vietnam has been selected to launch the five-continent Round the World Roundtable initiative organised by the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety. The initiative supports the UN Voluntary Global Performance Targets for Road Safety.
At the event, a symbolic baton was handed over to UN Special Envoy for Road Safety Jean Todt by the Government of Vietnam to signify their commitment.
“It is essential to increase the uptake of helmet use. Wearing a quality helmet has been proven to reduce drastically the risk of death and serious injury in the event of a crash. At the same time, it is essential to ensure that helmets available on the market meet acceptable safety standards to protect lives,” said Jean Todt.
“The Vietnamese government recognises the challenges remaining and has committed to increasing helmet wearing rates among the children of Vietnam to over 80 per cent by 2030; enforcing quality compliance for helmets and ban all counterfeit helmets that do not meet technical requirements; ensuring successful implementation of the government’s three-year road safety action plan which includes the Global Road Safety Performance Targets; and presenting these commitments in Stockholm in 2020,” said Khuat Viet Hung, vice chairman of the NTSC.
Founder and president of AIP (Asia Injury Prevention) Foundation Greig Craft said: “The impact of head trauma on children and families remains a global health ‘epidemic.’ The Vietnamese government’s commitment is commendable and sets an example for other countries.”
In turn, civil society partners and the corporate sector have committed to support the initiatives set forth by the government, which marks a global milestone in road crash prevention.
“We are honoured to be one of the founding members of this Global Road Safety Initiative,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “By contributing our safety expertise, providing funding, and collaborating with long-time partner, the AIP Foundation, we create a powerful multiplier effect that will accelerate the initiative and help save lives. I am pleased to announce today that The UPS Foundation will contribute $1 million to the AIP Foundation to support child helmet use and increase road safety skills and awareness in Vietnam, Thailand, and other countries in Southeast Asia,” he added.
“Road fatalities are increasing globally. Commitments at national level, such as this one, are critical to reversing the deadly trend and we applaud the Government of Vietnam for taking a stand. NGOs are pushing hard to raise road safety on their countries’ agendas. AIP Foundation are working side-by-side with us and our 225 other NGOs in 90 countries around the world to secure commitments that will save lives, ” said Lotte Brondum, executive director of the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety.