First-ever Kofi Annan Road Safety Awards Held in Ghana
23 March 2022
Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Morocco and Namibia win first ever Kofi Annan Road Safety Award for their contributions to road safety on the continent.
The Secretariat of the United-Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), and the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Ghana, with the support of the Kofi Annan Foundation, have launched the first-ever Kofi Annan Road Safety Award in Accra, Ghana.
Ghana was honoured with the award of Excellence in the implementation of the Africa Road Safety Action Plan. South Africa received the award of Leadership in Mobilising Resources for Road Safety, while Nigeria received the Excellence in Road Safety Management award. The Leadership in Road Safety Data Management and the Leadership in the Ratification of the Africa Road Safety Charter awards went to the Kingdom of Morocco and Namibia respectively.
The Award, named after the late United Nations Secretary-General and founder of the Kofi Annan Foundation, Kofi Annan in recognition of his contribution to the area of road safety “is to raise awareness about road safety and to motivate key stakeholders - government, the private sector, and civil society organizations to develop and implement innovations to save lives on African roads”. Mr. Annan brought the issue of Road Safety and Road Traffic Victims to the United Nations agenda at the beginning of the 2000s.
In his keynote address, the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said, the government of Ghana remains committed to undertaking innovative initiatives and building partnerships that would help engineer improvements on Ghana’s roads. He noted that the Award ceremony comes at an opportune time as countries worldwide are transitioning into the new decade of action for road safety. He added his voice for creative and proactive initiatives to arrest the negative impacts of road accidents on our raods.
For her part, the United Nations Under Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the ECA, H.E. Dr. Vera Songwe said road safety is both a national interest and an international interest, and as such should be considered a collective interest. She appealed to the African Union to pass a resolution that demands that only used cars that pass the road worthy test at home of origin should be permitted into Africa. She consequently appealed to President Akufo-Addo to help sponsor a bill that would allow for testing as one of the conditions in countries of origin for export.
The UN Secretary-General Special Envoy on Road Safety, H.E. Jean Todt, acknowledged the considerable progress that has been made globally to ensure road safety. He added that, “we still have a lot to do to realize the vision of Kofi Annan”. Mr. Todt later presented a helmet to President Akufo-Addo as a symbolic gesture to serve as a road safety champion.
The hybrid ceremony attracted several representatives from the Government of Ghana, the United Nations, the diplomatic community and other key stakeholders groups from the African continent.