July 1, 2022

Statement delivered by H.E. Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam

At the High-Level meeting of the General Assembly On improving Global Road Safety under the theme “The 2030 horizon for road safety: securing A decade of action and delivery”

Mr. President,
Excellencies,
Distinguished delegates,
My delegation welcomes the adoption of the political declaration for the High-level Meeting on Improving Global Road Safety and would like to thank the office of the PGA as well as the delegations of Côte d’Ivoire and the Russian Federation whose great efforts in this process should not go unmentioned.
For the past decade, road accidents have been a serious public health problem, especially in middle- and low-income countries. In our region of Africa, the growing road safety crisis constitutes a major developmental problem. Though the least motorised region, Africa has the highest road traffic fatality rates in the world. And if we zoom into my country, Eritrea, road accidents are high, taking into consideration the size of its population, resulting in major socio-economic consequences for families left behind. There is in fact a direct link between road…

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