Nº 4 2013 > World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
Decade of action for road safety: 2011-2020
How technology can help
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Welcoming the focus on road safety for World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2013, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a video message to participants in the ITU Award ceremony that road accidents kill nearly 1.3 million people every year and leave millions more injured or permanently disabled, placing a heavy economic burden on families and countries.
“The United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety from 2011 to 2020 is dedicated to helping to make roads and vehicles safer worldwide. Information and communication technologies provide many options. Intelligent transport systems and navigation devices can help reduce congestion. Radars can help to prevent collisions with other road users — including pedestrians”, he said. He noted that “Hands-free communications mean fewer accidents, especially among young people who account for more than half of road deaths.”
Mr Ban then commended ITU for its work with industry to develop ICT standards, and for collaborating with the International Automobile Federation to create awareness of road safety, stressing that the best use of technology could save millions of lives.