Oman reaffirms leading role in global road safety drive
NEW YORK — The Sultanate has expressed its gratefulness for the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon over his report that came in (Document A/360/68) that gave approval to the Sultanate’s draft resolution titled “The International Crisis of Road Safety” which aimed to improve international road safety.
This was stated by acting Charge D’affaires Amir bin Hilal al Hajri when he delivered the Sultanate’s speech before the UN general assembly.
In its address the Sultanate has expressed its pride for being the leading member state to launch an international road safety campaign at the UN general assembly.
Since the general assembly first decided to include the traffic safety in its 57th session dated May 2003, the general assembly adopted a draft resolution presented by the Sultanate in that session as per (Document A/57/L77).
With the international community highlighting the tragic events in order to raise awareness about the issue of traffic safety, the UN general assembly has adopted several resolutions aimed at boosting traffic safety.
A number of meetings were held on the ministerial level that underscored high fatality rate from traffic road accidents as well as to implement safer roads and provide technical assistance needed to ensure safe roads, Al Hajri said.
The Sultanate’s speech went on to say road safety has become one of the most significant issues on the agenda of the UN general assembly and the other international organisations.
The international community attaches a huge importance to multilateral cooperation in order to ward off road accidents and to limit their impact. Based on UN data nearly 1.2 million people lose their lives on the roads annually in addition to millions others who are left disabled which strains the governments’ budgets.
The Sultanate affirmed that it is making huge efforts to enhance road safety and that the National Committee for Road Safety (NCRS) which was set up by a Royal Decree is tasked with devising a comprehensive strategy aimed at curbing road accidents and rectifying their impact as well as rectifying traffic woes.
NCRS is also making efforts to meet the international standards of road safety and it has a weekly review of road accidents which is published in the local press as part of its awareness programmes in addition to a million awareness brochures distributed annually
SOURCE – THE OMAN DAILY OBSERVER – April 12th 2014