Road Safety Forum to be held in capital

The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City (ADM) will be hosting the Abu Dhabi Road Safety Forum on May 21, 2013 at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal.

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Published: Tue 23 Apr 2013, 6:06 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:56 AM

The upcoming forum – to be held as part of the UN Global Road Safety Week –was developed in collaboration with US-based International Road Federation (IRF), a non-profit organization that promotes the development and maintenance of roads around the world with a focus on safety and sustainability. It is being presented by the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City as part of the local vision for ensuring superior quality of life and a sustainable environment for all residents.

The main themes of the event are Road Safety Strategies & Action Plans, Emergency/Incident Management, Vulnerable Road Users, Data Collection & Road Safety Audits, and Public Education Campaigns & Community Activities. The agenda is primarily intended for government transportation officials, although the conference is also ideal for government contractors and consultants as well as professionals and students involved in relevant engineering and transportation infrastructure fields. Activities will be divided into three main sections: Opening and Closing Plenaries, Executive Sessions in Parallel, and Breakout Sessions exclusively for working groups.

The Abu Dhabi Road Safety Forum is a precursor to a broader Abu Dhabi International Road Safety Summit planned for 2014 in cooperation with the UN and which will further reinforce the emirate’s position as a global leader in road safety implementation.

“Road safety is an important advocacy of the UN and the World Health Organization which Abu Dhabi fully supports. We need, locally and regionally, to put more effective legislation into place, enhance enforcement, and better understand those who are at most risk to road accidents. The conference will plant the seeds for next year’s Summit where we plan to introduce the world to Abu Dhabi’s ambitious road safety goals – including ultimately achieving zero road deaths. Although many challenges lie ahead, this forum will set the tone for more extensive and collaborative work towards road safety, supported by key organizations such as the International Road Federation,” said Eng. Eisa Mubarak Ali Al Mazrouie, Acting Executive Director, Municipal Assets and Infrastructure Sector, the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City.

The Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, the Global Plan developed by The UN Road Safety Collaboration – a consultative group formed by the World Health Organization to discuss global road safety issues – guides Abu Dhabi’s road safety education & implementation efforts. The emirate is already well ahead of its road safety targets, posting an 18 per cent reduction in fatal road accidents over the last three years.

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