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PEOPLE IN THE NEWS
Pamela Fruselli has been appointed as Executive Director of Safe Kids Canada, the national injury prevention program of The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Pamela has been at Safe Kids Canada since 1999. Her career at Sick Children spans a period of 14 years in a variety of capacities and portfolios. Pamela has a degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto and a degree in Health Administration from Ryerson University. She is currently pursuing a degree in Creativity & Change Leadership at Buffalo State College.
FIRST UN MINISTERIAL SUMMIT ON GLOBAL ROAD SAFETY
The United Nations General Assembly has approved the first ever global UN conference on road safety, in an effort to reduce the rapidly growing death toll on the world’s roads. The UN conference, with participation at least at ministerial level, will be held in the Russian Federation in 2009. The decision by the UN General Assembly marks a major victory for the Make Roads Safe campaign, which has advocated for such a governmental meeting. Lord Robertson, Chairman of the Commission for Global Road Safety, which first proposed a global ministerial conference in its Make Roads Safe report of 2006, addressed the UN General Assembly in March and will be meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to discuss the global road safety crisis. During the General Assembly session, the UN heard that road deaths are now the number one killer of young people aged 10–24 worldwide. Overall, each year more than 1.2 million people are killed and 50 million are injured. The latest forecasts show that unless action is taken, more than 20 million lives could be lost from 2000 to 2015, with a doubling of the annual death rate by 2030. The Make Roads Safe campaign will be promoting a strong agenda for action to the UN ministerial conference, including calling on …