15 July 2022, New York, USA - Today, Mr. Michel Doukeris, Chief Executive Officer of Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) and Mr. Nikhil Seth, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), renewed the partnership agreement between both organizations to continue to improve road safety. They also agreed to develop initiatives focused on women empowerment and entrepreneurship; and promote sustainable water management practices.
In the past four years of working together, this public-private partnership has offered training, technical assistance, capacity-building, and quality learning resources and tools, to support civil society, local communities, government authorities, enterprises, and other stakeholders to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Since launching in 2018, the UNITAR – AB InBev Management Practices for Safer Roads Toolkit has reached a combined 30,000 beneficiaries across 122 countries.
UNITAR and AB InBev will continue to work together towards achieving road safety-related global targets, in addition to new initiatives that will use technology to empower female entrepreneurs, improve water management and help change behaviors towards responsible drinking. The support to female entrepreneurs includes mentoring, international exchange of experiences and knowledge, training, financial resources, and digital solutions. In addition, this partnership will contribute to the Water Action Decade (2018-2028) by strengthening local capacities and developing practical tools to face and tackle water-related challenges.
“AB InBev and UNITAR have made significant progress towards advancing the Road Safety Decade of Action goals. On behalf of my colleagues and partners, I’m proud of the work we’ve achieved together, and it is an honor to be able to extend and deepen our relationship with UNITAR. I am looking forward to what we can achieve together as we build a more inclusive and sustainable world,” shared Michel Doukeris, Chief Executive Officer, AB InBev.
“It is through partnerships that we can amplify our efforts, through the sharing of best practices and the provision of relevant technical support to countries, to ultimately promote the safety of road users- specially of those who are the most vulnerable to road-related crashes, including pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and users of public transport” highlighted Nikhil Seth, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNITAR.
The signing ceremony took place at the United Nations Headquarters and was followed by the unveiling of a road safety mural offered to New York City. The artwork, curated by Street Art for Mankind and created by street artist Dragon76, supports the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety (2021-2030), conveys road safety messages and envisions a future in which roads are safer places for drivers and pedestrians. The mural was made possible thanks to the support of AB InBev Foundation and AB InBev.
The wall was donated by the Chhabra family and the production was facilitated by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (TBTA) and the City of New York Mayor’s Office.