(MENAFN- The Peninsula) QNA
New York: Qatar participated in the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting dedicated to discuss improving the topic of road safety under the slogan Horizon 2030 for Road Safety with the participation of more than 130 countries represented by high-level delegations .
The agenda of the meeting, in which Qatar was represented by a delegation from the National Traffic Safety Committee, covered a number of topics, including the adoption of a concise, action-oriented and agreed political declaration submitted by the President of the United Nations General Assembly for adoption.
Also a discussion of road safety contained in the United Nations 2030 Agenda, as well as a dialogue between relevant stakeholders to achieve results and more effective achievements, enhance the interactive dialogue on investing in road safety, and share experiences and benefit from them in addressing the remaining gaps in the process of implementing the second United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety.
Brigadier Engineer Mohamed Abdullah Al Malki, member of the National Committee for Traffic Safety, Secretary and Head of the delegation, delivered a statement at the meeting on the state of traffic safety in Qatar, reviewing the country's experience in improving road safety and the great attention it attaches to this matter and its unique experience in road safety management in the Middle East and in developing countries, where the issue of preserving the lives and property of society and the states components occupies an advanced position in its social and economic policy.
He stressed Qatar's commitment to implementing the UN plan for 2030, which aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries resulting from road accidents by 50% by that date.
The head of the delegation added that since its establishment, the committee has played an active role in improving the level of road safety through several measures that it has implemented and which made it achieve advanced results in this field, which resulted in reducing the road accident death rate per 100,000 people by 49% during the period of implementing the first work contract of the United Nations for Road Safety from 2010 - 2020 which coincided with the country's implementation of its National Traffic Safety Strategy for the period from 2013 - 2022.
Brigadier Al Maliki listed the most important achievements of Qatar in road safety during the period of implementing its strategy, which was to reduce the response time for emergency calls to less than five seconds, and the response time of ambulance and rescue services to reach accident sites to eight minutes, which contributed to saving lives of many accident victims, and thus reducing the death rate.
Brigadier General Al Maliki referred to the challenges facing countries and peoples of the world in improving road safety contained in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, stressing the importance of this meeting, which opens the way for a dialogue between the relevant stakeholders, to achieve effective results as well as strengthening the interactive dialogue on road safety.
In its statement, Qatar called on countries to cooperate and work together to achieve the goals of the United Nations Second Decade of Action for Road Safety, as traffic safety represents the importance of achieving sustainable human development.
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