The Russian Federation must withdraw from its leadership role in road safety negotiations at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), says a leading global trade association.

Since 2009, Russia has led the UNGA deliberations on successive road safety resolutions and will do so again on June 30 and July 1, 2022 at the UNGA high-level meeting.

But the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) warns: “Following the illegal invasion of Ukraine, the position of the Russian Federation at the top of road safety at the UNGA is now untenable and will put jeopardize the possibility of adopting a strong text.

“The text to be adopted is expected to endorse the UN Global Plan for the 2nd Decade of Action for Road Safety and mobilize funding commitments from the donor community. European Union, are now reluctant to allow Russia to play a leading role in this important negotiation process.”

The ETSC agrees with a statement previously released by the Global Alliance for Road Safety NGOs: “Russia has lost all credibility for leading a major global public health problem. We urge the Russian Federation to voluntarily withdraw from its current negotiating role.”

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