ITF and World Health Organization to expand collaboration
The International Transport Forum (ITF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) will strengthen their collaboration on road safety and expand their co-operation to new areas at the intersection of human mobility and public health.
A Memorandum of Understanding signed on 2 November 2023 in Paris by ITF Secretary-General Young Tae Kim and WHO Assistant Director-General Ailan Li foresees joint activities relating to
- road safety;
- the co-benefits of sustainable transport policies for reducing emissions and supporting health outcomes, including for active mobility;
- the health impacts of transport-related air, noise, soil, and water pollution;
- the trade of second-hand vehicles;
- the role of transport in relation to pandemics.
The collaboration will cover all geographical locations, with a specific focus on low- and middle-income countries and on expanding existing ITF activities into Africa.
Specifically, the agreement envisages the creation of a Health and Safety Hub by the ITF with support from WHO. The Hub will serve as a centre for collaboration between the two organisations, supporting joint research projects and events and facilitating the exchange of data and information.
ITF Secretary-General Young Tae Kim said:
“The WHO has long been a trusted and valued partner of the ITF in our work on making the world’s roads safer. It is a natural step to expand our joint efforts into the many other areas where human mobility and public health issues intersect – pollution, active mobility, disease control and others. The Covid-19 pandemic was a dramatic reminder of that fact, and we are now drawing the right lessons from that experience. I am deeply grateful to WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus for his friendship and support. I look forward to the launch of the Health and Safety Hub in ITF and to many joint ITF-WHO projects that improve people’s lives.”
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