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Prince Michael emphasises the importance of global road safety initiatives

19 December 2017

In his speech during the annual award ceremony held at The Savoy, London, Prince Michael emphasised the importance of worldwide commitment to road safety and ongoing innovation. He said:

''I have been impressed by the work of the many people involved, including many government officials, engineers and researchers, business leaders and even, in some cases, road traffic victims themselves. My awards have sought to shine a spotlight on their ideas and achievements, and to bring together people from different continents to share success and learn from one another.

So today our focus is on this year’s winners and I am delighted that they are able meet so many others involved in making roads safer not just here in Britain but across the world too.

We are here to celebrate the achievements of many people behind schemes from multi-national organisations to simple local schemes. But I know that all of you will be as impressed as I have been by the ingenuity and resourcefulness shown.''

He also highlighted the challenges faced by the developing world and stressed the power of the Sustainable Development Goals.

''I also know that you all believe as I do that without support from philanthropic organisations such as the Bloomberg Philanthropy as well as many commercial companies like Michelin you would have achieved much less.

The road safety challenges facing developing countries remain considerable. But international cooperation, non-existent in 1987, is now on a much stronger footing. The ambitions of the Decade of Action and the power of Sustainable Development Goals will help.''

Among the award winners were CAPUFE, a company which decided to emulate two good practice models recommended by the World Bank: the National Road Safety Coordination Arrangements model and the Road Safety Management System with great success, and the World Resources Institute whose Road Safety Programme works to make cities safer by design.

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