80 ministers, deputies for Road Safety Conference in Sweden

By Tina George, reporting from Sweden

Delegates from 140 countries, including 80 Ministers and Ministers, are currently attending the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety.

The Conference meant to plan a decade of action on Road Safety, which would be implemented by various countries and to find a lasting solutions to road crashes. 

1,700 delegates from government, media, civil society organizations and the academia, are also attending the conference.

The Director, Determinants of Health, WHO, . Etienne Krug, who disclosed this to newsmen in Sweden, said that road safety issues should not be relegated to the background but urgent attention.

According to Krug, road crashes, deaths, and injuries have become development issues that needed urgent attention.

He explained reason for the conference was to develop the political will that would address the issue of road safety in countries,adding conference would set the for the next decade of action in road safety agencies, which aims to see the reduction of road crashes by 50 percent. 

The WHO Director said at different plenary discussions, that ministers, senior officers in road transport ministries and agencies across the world, will learn about the lessons from the last decade of action; how to have good leadership; and how to finance road and other priorities for the next 10 years.