The Mission of Georgia to the UN and the FIA Foundation are inviting participants to join them at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 13th July for a briefing on Safe and Sustainable Mobility for Children in the Global Goals.

The event will bring together representatives of governments, experts from NGOs and the Global Initiative for Child Health and Mobility to cover key issues, solutions, and steps to reduce the toll of road traffic injuries and air pollution, and promote low carbon transport.

In Georgia, transport has already become a problem for public health as well as negatively impacting on the social and economic development of the country’s main cities. An unprecedented and rapid growth rate of new vehicles (an annual increase of around 10%) means that issues such as air pollution, the high number of road traffic collisions and a rising dependency on fuel are taking an ever greater toll.

EASST partner and founder of Georgian NGO Partnership for Road Safety, Gela Kvashilava, who will be speaking at the event on 13th July says that,

“Chaotic development of the transportation system leaves aside such activities as: walking, travel by bicycle and public transport, which creates unacceptable conditions in the cities. If we consider the scale of road traffic injuries and air pollution from the transport sector, it is clear that now is indeed the time for bold action from government, business and from us citizens”

By 2030, as many as 60% of all urban dwellers will be under the age of 18. Children and young people therefore need to be at the forefront of any action taken to improve urban mobility and help to deliver safe and sustainable cities for the future. The briefing will give practitioners and policymakers the opportunity to discuss how this may be achieved as well as country-level efforts to promote safe and sustainable mobility.

Register for tickets here.

The UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development aim to:

“by 2020, halve global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents” SDG 3.6

“provide safe… and sustainable transport systems for all improving road safety” SDG 11.2

“substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from…air …pollution” SDG 3.9

“reduce the per capita impact of cities, including by paying attention to air quality” SDG 11.6

“double average energy efficiency by 2030” SDG 7.3

“provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, particularly for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities.” SDG 11.7