UN calls on nations to make roads safer

first_imgRoad safety is one of greatest development challenges, according to the UN. Traffic accidents cause deaths among young people and have lowered people’s income in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Each year, some 1.35 million drivers, cyclists, passengers and pedestrians are killed on roads, while 15 million others are severely injured, devastating families across the world and posing a setback to global efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).To achieve its targets for the Decade of Action for Road Safety, Todt said, the UN needed to ensure that safety was a measurable indicator in building vehicles, infrastructure, the transportation system and related facilities introduced to the market.“If we continue to [flood] our transportation system with unworthy elements that bring devastation to our citizens, we will not be able to achieve our safe and sustainable transportation for all,” Todt said during the opening ceremony of the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety: Achieving Global Goals 2030, which takes place in Stockholm from Wednesday to Thursday. The United Nations has called on governments to take responsibility in preventing road deaths and serious injuries by putting safety at the forefront of planning, investment and products in the field of transportation.Speaking on behalf United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, UN special envoy for road safety Jean Todt said that, in recent years, UN member states, intergovernmental organizations, nongovernmental partners, multilateral development banks and academic institutions had acted to reduce risks on the world’s roads.The UN system had mobilized the development of legal instruments, best practices and policy recommendations on road safety, Todt said. This was a solid foundation, he added, but clearly not enough. Saving lives by improving road safety is one of many objectives in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. During a UN General Assembly meeting last month, Guterres launched A Decade of Action to deliver Sustainable Development Goals. The secretary-general said at the time that the entire UN system was committed to working with all partners to expand global movements for the goals to unlock financing and to generate innovation and solutions needed to deliver a better life for all people across the world.The Stockholm meeting was held to kick off a new decade of SDG action for road safety to 2030 as A Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 – 2020 will expire at the end of this year.“We are here to unite forces to achieve a drastic reduction in road traffic fatalities and injuries over the next 10 years,” said Todt.At the two-day conference, 1,700 delegates from 140 countries had a chance to attend plenary discussions, during which ministers and senior officials talked about lessons learned from A Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 – 2020 and what priorities countries would pursue in the next 10 years.  Todt said the high number of deaths and serious injuries caused by road accidents was unacceptable because fatalities could in fact often be prevented. “[The road] is created to improve prosperity, better education and ensure accessible health services and cleaner air. This is not a means to create disabilities and place a heavy burden on health systems and families,” he said.Speaking during the opening ceremony, the Swedish king, Carl XVI Gustaf, said 15 years ago, more than 200 Swedish children lost their lives in traffic accidents. Citing reliable statistics, the king said the number was now down to only 16. “Of course, 16 is not zero, but it is a lot better than 200. For many decades, politicians, civil society groups and industry have worked together seeking innovative solutions that make Swedish traffic safer for everybody. Despite accomplishments, [much work] still needs to be done,” he said.“Through the years, I have done quite a lot of driving myself, mostly in Stockholm and across Europe. One thing becomes apparent from driving through different countries: Traffic is cross-border and so are the challenges, especially because the number of people and vehicles have continued to increase. This is why it is very important to come together, exchange knowledge, experiences and ideas from all over the world,” he went on.The Swedish king further said a huge participation of decisionmakers and experts in the Stockholm meeting proved there was a strong global commitment to improving road safety. “This conference [creates] a lot opportunity to link the road safety challenges to other sustainable challenges, such as climate change, health, equality, poverty and human rights. We need to [address] these challenges together and remember that road traffic deaths and injuries are preventable,” said King Carl Gustaf.During a video conference, World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reminded conference participants about the huge health impact of road traffic accidents, highlighting the need for necessary collaboration to end “preventable deaths and injuries”. Leaders from the sectors of transportation, infrastructure and health had to be part of the solution.Countries were now in a critical time at the end of a Decade of Action 2011 – 2020 and SDG goals 3.6, Tedros said. Countries and cities had achieved significant progress between 2010 and 2018. Brazil reported a decline in road fatalities of more than 40 percent since 2010. Similar progress had been reported from other countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Bogota in Colombia, Oslo in Norway, China, India, Thailand and Uganda.“Political will is needed at the highest level of government to achieve this, both by investing and shifting to healthier modes of transportation,” said Ghebreyesus.Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf, Pittsburgh Penguins Announce PAsmart Grant to Expand Science and Technology Education

first_imgGovernor Wolf, Pittsburgh Penguins Announce PAsmart Grant to Expand Science and Technology Education February 06, 2019 Education,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Pittsburgh, PA – The day after unveiling a plan to create the strongest workforce in the nation, Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Pittsburgh Penguins President and CEO David Morehouse to announce a $442,000 PAsmart advancing grant has been awarded to the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation. The state grant will help expand the foundation’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) Lending Library to benefit thousands of students across western Pennsylvania.“Over the next decade, seven in ten new jobs in Pennsylvania will require workers to use computers and new technologies in a constantly changing economy,” said Governor Wolf. “I launched PAsmart last year to help students and adults get the skills for those emerging careers.“Investing in projects like the STEAM Lending Library will help students from our cities to our rural communities gain the skills for good jobs here in Pennsylvania that will make our communities stronger.”The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, the Citrone Family, and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit established the STEAM Lending Library in 2015. The library is the first of its kind in the nation and allows school districts to borrow the latest educational technology equipment to enhance classroom learning.“The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation is honored to be the first recipient of a PAsmart advanced grant,” said David Morehouse, president and CEO of the Penguins. “We salute Governor Wolf for his commitment to workforce development and expanded classroom instruction for our students. This amazing grant will enable the Foundation to extend its STEAM education work across 22 counties, encompassing 206 school districts.”Governor Wolf launched PAsmart last year as a groundbreaking approach to prepare students and workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow through STEM and computer science education, apprenticeship and job training.Last month, the Wolf Administration announced the initial wave of PAsmart competitive grants. The $8.7 million in targeted grants will expand computer science classes and teacher training at 765 schools across the commonwealth. Additional PAsmart advancing grants for STEM and computer science, apprenticeships and job training will be announced in the coming weeks.Governor Wolf’s budget expands on the successful launch of PAsmart to create the strongest workforce in the nation that drives the strongest economy. The governor’s Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) provides opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement.The proposal expands access to early childhood education, increases investments in schools, and partners with the private sector to build on the PAsmart initiative, a groundbreaking approach to workforce development for Pennsylvania’s economy. Governor Wolf’s goal is to develop innovative solutions that close the skills gap and rapidly meet the needs of employers.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Two disqualified following Modified Challenge tire testing

first_imgADA, Minn. – Two drivers have been disqualified from finishes in the Sanders Modified Challenge feature at Norman County Raceway, as a result of post-race tire testing.Samples were taken from tires from the two finishers in each heat; those taken from the tires of Billy Vogel and Jamie Trautner failed to meet IMCA benchmarks.Both drivers have been fined $1,000, were suspended for 30 days and lost all IMCA points accrued during the season.last_img