Luchemos por la Vida at the “Transforming our world: NGO rally for safer roads”

Pre- 2nd Global High Level Conference on Road Safety event in Brazil.

This organization’s President, Dr. Alberto J. Silveira, participated today on the encounter of the main global institutions, titled “Transforming our world: NGO rally for safer roads”, under the 2nd Global High Level Conference on Road Safety, which takes place this week in Brasilia.

We would like to share the relevant statements issued by representatives of the main global organizations, who organized this event and gave a presentation today, and that sum up the reality and necessity of the work carried out by NGOs dedicated to road safety.

YOURS President, Jeffrey Witte, emphasized that “governments need NGOs and NGOs need governments to fulfill their tasks, for which they need to push governments constantly”

For his part, Etienne Krug, Director of Violence and Injury Prevention at the World Health Organization, highlighted that “on the first 5 years of the decade, strong and new NGOs have arisen, and the existing ones have been strengthened, and they are absolutely necessary to achieve a reduction of deaths on the 5 years left, since without them it would not be possible to demand, call for, collaborate on and implement tasks the authorities must fulfill”.

Regarding the objectives committed and the results obtained so far on the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, the Brazilian Federal Highway Police’s General Director stated that “In 2012, President Dilma Rousseff committed before the international community to halve deaths in traffic, especially among the most vulnerable –pedestrians and cyclists- “, and claimed that “so far the deaths have been reduced by 29%”.

On a letter, Rochelle Sobel, President of ASIRT, from the United States, said: “the dream of no more deaths on road traffic accidents can be achieved soon, if we avoid the crime of INACTION”.

These important statements validate the work that, every day for the last 25 years, Luchemos por la Vida has been carrying out, in order to achieve the goal of no more deaths on roads and streets in our country.