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The United Nations and Road Safety

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In accordance with the mandate conferred upon it by the General Assembly, the World Health Organization (WHO) has worked closely over the past five years with the regional commissions to coordinate the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (hereafter referred to as the “Collaboration”), a group comprised of United Nations and international organizations committed to improving road safety. As of June 2009, the group comprised 12 organizations of the United Nations system, including WHO, the World Bank, the five regional commissions, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Approximately 50 other agencies working in international or regional road safety, with a broad range of skills and experience, are also represented. The number and range of sectors represented by the participating organizations (Governments, non-governmental organizations, donors, research agencies and the private sector) from the transport, health and safety sectors attest to the broad support for this collaborative effort.

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