FIA President Jean Todt has been appointed the UN Special Envoy for Road Safety.
Todt has previously used his role at the FIA to promote its 'Action for Road Safety' campaign, utilising the global reach of Formula One and other motorsport categories to spread the message. Todt's appointment was announced on Wednesday by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at a meeting in Paris, and the FIA President says he believes road safety has been neglected in many countries.
"The road safety challenge is too often ignored, but road injuries are the number one killer of young people aged 15-29," Todt said. "That being the case, it deserves much more attention on the global political agenda.
"This appointment will bring greater visibility to efforts to tackle this health and development crisis, as well as new leadership and renewed momentum.
“In my position as FIA President, with the backing of our members, road safety has become a key priority. I have been committed to bringing together all stakeholders fighting for this cause. This new role will help build an even stronger coalition for road safety worldwide."
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