Budapest, 2 August 2021

The Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety (the Alliance) is delighted to be the recipient of US$161,000* raised at a gala dinner in Budapest, Hungary on 30 July 2021, hosted by Jean Todt, the UN Secretary General’s Envoy for Road Safety and FIA President, and László Palkovics, Ministry for Innovation and Technology, Hungary, to equip grassroots organizations to implement road safety activities that impact communities, creating a safe environment for children and families.

The Alliance would like to thank donors for their generous support including Norbert Michelisz, VERTIKÁL Nonprofit, New Land Media, Hungaroring Sport, Porsche Hungaria, Mercarius Flottakezelő, and Johnson & Johnson.

The funds will be used to support road safety and road victim NGOs’ activities to reduce the 1.4 million road deaths that occur every year, equipping them to work together with their governments for the benefit of citizens and society, reduce road deaths and injuries, and make our streets more liveable for all.

Jean Todt, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety and FIA President, said, “Unsafe roads, particularly in low- and middle-income countries are an urgent issue. As the eighth leading cause of death globally, the number one killer of children and youth, and heavy burden on economies, road injuries present health, economic, social equity and environmental consequences. I particularly appreciate the commitment of László Palkovics, Ministry of Innovation and Technology in Hungary, civil society, and private sector to promoting safer mobility and to increasing resources for this significant cause.

László Palkovics, Minister for Innovation, Hungary, said, “As a member of the European Union, Hungary is committed to reducing road deaths and serious injuries by 50% by 2030. We welcome this opportunity to host this gala in support of the global push for safer roads.”

Lotte Brondum, the Alliance, said, “We would like to thank all the donors, as well as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety and the Hungarian Ministry of Innovation and Technology for hosting this event and supporting the NGO road safety community’s work on the ground. NGOs are the doers and achieve remarkable steps for safe roads with limited resources and are valuable partners to their governments. These funds will enable them to grow their impact, leading to lives saved.”

* 9 August 2021: Total raised updated due to a donor being found to be ineligible