14 Jun 2018

Abertis and UNICEF showcase their commitment to road safety at FISEVI, the International Child Road Safety Forum, in Argentina

Abertis and UNICEF showcase their commitment to road safety at FISEVI, the International Child Road Safety Forum, in Argentina

  • Sergi Loughney, representing the Abertis Group, and Javier Martos, on behalf of UNICEF, gave a joint address on their recent partnership to promote road safety for children on their journey to school

Abertis and UNICEF have showcased their partnership to prevent children suffering injuries in traffic accidents at FISEVI, the International Child Road Safety Forum, in Argentina. The aim of FISEVI, which brought together national and international specialists, government bodies, educators, academics, private companies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), is to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, experiences and best practices for the development of child road safety management worldwide in different areas of action.

Sergi Loughney, Director of Institutional Relations and CSR at Abertis and Director of the Abertis Foundation, and Javier Martos, executive director of the UNICEF Spanish Committee, gave a joint address in which they explained the benefits of public-private partnership in the field of child road safety through Abertis and UNICEF's groundbreaking three-year agreement to tackle the main cause of death in school-age children: road accidents. Announced last year, the agreement represents the first global corporate contribution to UNICEF's programmes for the prevention of child injuries from accidents.

In his address, Sergi Loughney underscored Abertis' commitment to road safety through multiple partnerships such as the alliance with UNICEF and the parallel project with the Guttmann Institute under which medical teams from the institute will travel to Jamaica and the Philippines, countries included in the UNICEF-Abertis framework agreement, to carry out training sessions, provide counselling and help implement more effective clinical care protocols for the treatment of spinal cord injuries caused by road accidents.

About FISEVI 2018

The International Child Road Safety Forum, held on 12 and 13 June in Buenos Aires, was organised by the Gonzalo Rodríguez Foundation in Uruguay and was attended by the Argentine Minister of Transport, Guillermo Dietrich. FISEVI 2018 provided an opportunity for Latin American countries to benefit from international experiences and apply what they have learned in their mobility, road safety and urban design plans in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and guarantee safe mobility for the most vulnerable road users: children.

Phoyograpy courtesy of UNICEF LAC

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