5 - 6 September 2019, Lima, Perú - UNITAR and the International Training Centre for Authorities and Leaders in Madrid (CIFAL Madrid) in collaboration with the Congress of the Republic of Peru hosted the “International Forum on Road Safety and Sustainable and Inclusive Urban Mobility”, bringing together legislators and decision makers to discuss how to improve road safety and integrate it into sustainable mobility and transport infrastructure planning and design.
The event was held of the National Congress, bringing together members of the Commission of Transports and Communications of the Congress of Peru, along with representatives from professional associations, non-governmental organizations, private sector, academic institutions and the media. International participants from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, and Spain also attended the forum.
In Peru, more than 3,000 people die from road traffic related crashes every year, and some 54,000 more are injured, having a significant health and socio-economic costs for the country. Recognizing the urgency to pay attention to road safety, the Congress of the Republic of Peru through its Commission of Transports and Communications partnered with UNITAR and CIFAL Madrid to provide a venue to discuss the following mobility and road safety related priorities for cities:
- Regulations and legislations related to road safety
- The quality of public transport
- New technologies and inclusive public transport
- The role of media in promoting road safety
On 5 September, a roundtable discussion was held to address “The Role of the State and Society to Reduce Road Traffic Related Crashes”. The discussion was attended by some 50 representatives from the public and private sectors to share practical solutions and concrete examples that help reduce road traffic fatalities and injuries, but most importantly, to bring stakeholders together to take action and implement approaches that improve road safety.