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Additional UK Government Support for Global Road Safety

14 July 2009

The UK Department for International Development (DFID), which sponsors gTKP, is to join the World Bank Global Road Safety Facility.

Announcing its policy on promoting economic recovery and greener growth, in its new strategy paper (White Paper) ,DFID says “Increasing numbers of vehicles on the roads can lead to higher numbers of poor people killed or injured in road crashes. This is both a human tragedy and an enormous cost to the economy. To help prevent this, the UK will become a sponsor of the World Bank World Bank Global Road Safety Facility, and support the November 2009 Ministerial Conference in Moscow”.

The recognition of the importance of road safety, and the work of the Facility, comes as DFID also announces a doubling of aid for infrastructure development in Africa, to £1 billion over the next four years.

The World Bank Global Road Safety Facility was launched in 2005 and is supported by the World Bank, the Governments of Australia, Netherlands and Sweden , and the FIA Foundation.

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