A Qatari delegation took part in the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety which was held in Stockholm, Sweden over two days.
HE the President of the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) Saad bin Ahmed al-Mohannadi headed the Qatari delegation the conference, where he took part in a panel discussion on "Reaping the Benefits of Safe Speed".
The conference witnessed several other panel discussions that covered various topics related to traffic safety and sustainable transport, such as the United Nations Decade 2011-2020 Road Safety Plan, requirements for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2015-2020, the importance of building leadership in road safety, and building a safe and sustainable transport sector.
Participants also discussed the goals of the United Nations 2020-2030 Road Safety, which were linked for the first time with the challenges of the sustainable development goals facing the world, in addition to holding two panel discussions on improving global cooperation in traffic safety, and how to achieve the 2030 goals.
Several important meetings were held on the sidelines of the conference, where the Qatari delegation met with Deputy Minister of Infrastructure of Sweden Tomas Eneroth, and discussed ways of co-operation and exchange of global experiences with the Public Works Authority.
The Qatari delegation also met with the UN Secretary-General's Envoy for Road Safety and President of the International Motor Federation Jean Todt, to discuss several important topics, including the progress made by Qatar in reducing traffic deaths during 2013-2019; achieving the requirements of the United Nations related to the decade plan 2011-2020; adopting the sustainable development goals and the follow-up of its implementation periodically by the National Committee and the National Traffic Safety Bureau; and the goals of the United Nations 2030.
Qatar agreed to transfer its successful experience to help developing and poor countries.
These meetings also touched on Qatar's efforts to initiate the 2023-3033 plan for traffic safety management and sustainable transport as well as the preparations for the challenges that the country will face after completing the infrastructure projects, and providing the requirements of the increasing demand for traffic.
Qatar is considered one of the advanced countries in terms of adopting the United Nations road safety plans, the goals of sustainable development, and the reduction of road accident deaths, as Qatar aspires to reach the stage of "zero accidents", which is a strategic goal sought by state institutions.
Qatar is also working to reduce congestion, build a sustainable transport sector, and develop city planning, as the National Traffic Safety Committee was established as a leading institution in the country, in addition to establishing the National Traffic Safety Office and providing it with internationally qualified cadres to enhance the global position of Qatar and assist 33 concerned authorities in the country in implementing 395 action plans as part of the national strategy, as well as strengthening the evaluation and follow-up system, which enabled it to obtain prestigious international awards in traffic safety management and sustainable transport.