The United Nations and JCDecaux launch Global Road Safety campaign to address the first cause of mortality for young people aged 5-29


The United Nations Secretary-Generals Special Envoy for Road Safety, Mr Jean Todt, and Jean-Charles Decaux, co-CEO of JCDecaux, launched a new UN Global Road Safety campaign to address road traffic crashes, which are the leading cause of death for people aged 5 to 29 around the world.

Road traffic crashes kill 1.35 million people every year and injure over 50 million, often for life. Developing countries account for 93% of the victims. The most vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists) and the poor are disproportionately affected worldwide.

Over the next two years, the campaign will appear on billboards and in public areas in 80 countries worldwide thanks to a global partnership with JCDecaux. Displayed in about 1,000 cities, the campaign will be translated into 30 languages.

Contributing to the European Mobility Week

The campaign was launched today in Brussels during the European Mobility Week (16-22 September), with the participation of Adina Vălean, European Commissioner for Transport. On this occasion, the campaign is on display in the streets of Brussels and at Brussels Airport, as well as in the streets of Lige, Antwerp and Lier.

The Special Envoy declared: Road safety is not high enough on the political agenda in most countries. While we know the remedies to road crashes, action is lagging behind. With this campaign, together with the celebrities that are joining us, and our partners JCDecaux and Saatchi & Saatchi, we are trying to revert this and mobilize the political will that is needed to increase actions and financing to save millions of lives, in line with the objectives of the Decade of Action for Road Safety.

Speaking at the press conference of the launch, EU Commissioner for Transport Adina Vlean said: During this years European Mobility Week, around 3,000 cities from 50 countries will be encouraging their citizens to try out more sustainable ways of moving around. Walking and cycling are two such options. But sustainability must go hand-in-hand with safety, and sadly vulnerable road users are still over-represented in road fatality statistics: in the EU, pedestrians account for around 18% of fatalities, and cyclists for 9%. I welcome this global campaign to turn this around to help us learn from each other, raise awareness of how to keep all road-users safe, and ultimately to save lives.

Jean-Charles Decaux, co-CEO of JCDecaux said: We are very proud to partner with the United Nations and Jean Todt, the United Nations Secretary-Generals Special Envoy for Road Safety, to launch this international road safety campaign thats relevant to everyone. No matter how we travel, this important cause affects us all, from pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and drivers to people using new forms of mobility or making shared trips. We can all play a part in reducing the terrible consequences faced by so many families around the world. This campaign underlines how our sustainable media can use its power and mass reach to raise awareness of the safety rules that must be respected at all times and the care that must be taken, in order to ensure a safe and pleasant public space for us all.


Under the motto #MakeaSafetyStatement, the campaign gathers celebrities to encourage road users to adopt simple and effective rules to stay safe on the road.

The first participating celebrities include:

  • Naomi Campbell, supermodel
  • Ousmane Dembl, football icon
  • Patrick Dempsey, actor
  • Novak Djokovic, tennis legend
  • Didier Drogba, football legend
  • Michael Fassbender, actor
  • Julie Gayet, actress
  • Charles Leclerc, F1 driver
  • Marc Mrquez, motorcycle racer
  • Kylie Minogue, musician
  • Youssou NDour, musician
  • Mick Schumacher, F1 driver
  • Michelle Yeoh, Oscar-winning actress & UNDP Goodwill ambassador

They #MakeaSafetyStatement to:

  • wear a seat belt
  • drive slow
  • wear a helmet
  • not text and drive
  • not drive under the influence
  • not drive tired

and call on fans, followers and the public to adopt the same habits.

Note to editors

About some of the main causes of road crashes


  • The death risk for pedestrians hit by car fronts rises rapidly as vehicle speed increases (4.5 times from 50 km/h to 65 km/h).
  • In Europe, some 30% of road fatalities (19,800 in 2021) are caused byexcessive or inappropriate speed.

Driving under the influence

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol and any psychoactive substance or drug increases the risk of a crash.
  • A 2022 study by U.S. highway safety regulators (NHTSA) found that more than half the people injured or killed in traffic crashes had one or more drugs, or alcohol, in their bloodstreams.

Distracted driving

  • Drivers using mobile phones are approximately 4 times more likely to be involved in a crash
  • Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, thats like driving the length of an entire football field with eyes closed.
  • In the U.S., distracted driving is estimated to play a role in 25%-30% of fatal crashes, according to the National Distracted Driving Coalition(NDDC).

About the Special Envoy
UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, appointed in 2015 Jean Todt as his Special Envoy for Road Safety. He was reconfirmed in this role by Antnio Guterres, in 2017 and in 2021. In 2018, together with 14 UN organizations, the Special Envoy launched the UN Road Safety Fund (UNRSF). The Special Envoy contributes, among other things, to mobilize sustained political commitment to make road safety a priority; to advocate and raise awareness of UN legal instruments on road safety; to share established good practices in this area; to striving to generate adequate funding through strategic partnerships between the public, private and non-governmental sectors. Special Envoy brochure and Twitter account.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is the custodian of the United Nations road safety legal instruments, applicable worldwide, which offer countries a basis to legislate to increase the safety of roads, vehicles and traffic.

It hosts the only permanent United Nations intergovernmental forum on road safety (Working Party on Road Traffic Safety) and the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations. UNECE also hosts the secretariats of the Special Envoy for Road Safety and of the UN Road Safety Fund.

About JCDecaux
JCDecaux a French family-owned company founded in 1964 and the No.1 outdoor advertising company worldwide is committed to improve the quality of life for people wherever they live, work and travel by offering innovative, sustainable street furniture and services that are meeting citizens expectations and financed by brands and their advertisement. With a presence in more than 80 countries, JCDecaux is the only company in the world to operate exclusively in the outdoor advertising sector and to develop all of its activities: street furniture, transport advertising and billboards. For almost 60 years, the products and services offered to cities by JCDecaux have been considered the benchmark for quality, aesthetics and functionality. As a sustainable media in contact with more than 850 million people every day and true to its mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens, JCDecaux enhances and promotes responsible outdoor advertising and places social and environmental quality at the core of its solutions and its business. Since 2023, JCDecaux is an official partner of the UN Joint SDG Fund, supporting the Sustainable Development Goals across its Group.

United Nations Group Seeks Comments on Blockchain Voting Standards

The United Nations (UN) Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Blockchain Assurance & Standardization Dynamic Coalition has distributed a suite of blockchain standards authored by the Government Blockchain Association (GBA) including standards for the use of blockchain technology in elections.

The GBA Voting Working Group that developed the election standard is comprised of election officials, election systems vendors, and blockchain experts from around the world. They are driven by a desire to make elections trustworthy and accessible to all voters. According to Utah County Commissioner, Amelia Powers Gardner, “Our county has proven that blockchain technology can secure remote electronic voting, providing access to voters that otherwise could not make it to polls.”

In addition to local election officials, the group also included blockchain-based election vendors. According to Linda Hutchinson, Director of QA & Compliance at Voatz, “Election officials need to have confidence that the systems they use have been objectively and independently verified as trusted solutions.” She goes on to say, “That is why the Voting Working Group is proposing standards for blockchain-based voting systems.”

The group is seeking comments from experts including local elections officials, election equipment vendors, election administrators, regulators, and observers. Comments are also solicited from policymakers, academics, technologists, and enthusiasts in the fields of blockchain and governance to provide their expertise and insights in an open call for comments on the Blockchain Maturity Model (BMM) Voting Systems Supplement.

As technology continues to revolutionize various sectors, the potential of blockchain in transforming the democratic process is undeniable. With its inherent attributes of transparency, immutability, and decentralization, blockchain has the capacity to enhance the integrity and trustworthiness of elections and voting systems worldwide.

The UN IGF Blockchain Assurance and Standardization Dynamic Coalition has been diligently working on a comprehensive Blockchain Standard tailored specifically for elections. The standard covers crucial areas including:

  • Identity verification and authentication of voters
  • Ballot casting, tracking, and tallying procedures.
  • Ensuring voter privacy and anonymity
  • Security measures against cyber threats and attacks
  • Transparency and auditability of the entire process

To download the standards and provide comments please visit the Voting System Supplement Request for Comments page.

About the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multi-stakeholder platform for discussing public policy issues related to Internet governance. It brings together diverse stakeholders, informs policymakers, shares best practices, and addresses emerging challenges without producing negotiated outcomes. The IGF’s mandate includes facilitating discourse between international bodies, advising on Internet accessibility in developing countries, and addressing issues like critical Internet resources and misuse.

About the Blockchain Assurance & Standardization Dynamic Coalition

The Blockchain Assurance & Standardization Coalition is an open, multistakeholder group hosted by the Government Blockchain Association (GBA). It focuses on defining specific areas of blockchain technology, conducting meetings, proposing standardization goals, piloting projects, and publishing results to promote high-quality, interoperable blockchain systems.


Gerard Dache
Executive Director
Government Blockchain Association


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Hong Kong – Update on United Christian Hospital missing patient incident

Update on United Christian Hospital missing patient incident


The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     ​The spokesman for the United Christian Hospital made the following update today (August 12) regarding a patient leaving the hospital without notification earlier:
     The 15-year-old female patient who left the hospital without notification on Thursday (August 10) was located by Police today.

Hong Kong – United Christian Hospital responds to case of Legionnaires’ disease

United Christian Hospital responds to case of Legionnaires’ disease


The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesman for United Christian Hospital (UCH) made the following reply today (May 31) regarding a Legionella infection case:
     An 86-year-old male patient who had stayed in a medical and geriatric ward of UCH confirmed to have Legionnaires’ Disease. The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) visited the ward and collected water samples today. The source of infection is still under investigation. The patient is currently receiving treatment at UCH and is in stable condition.

     The hospital has already implemented a series of precautionary and enhanced infection control measures, including:

  1. Suspending use of related basin faucets and shower heads;
  2. Installing bacterial filters for related water faucets and arranging to disinfect related water supply system; and
  3. Providing boiled or bottled water to patients in the wards concerned for drinking and mouth rinsing.

     The case has been reported to the Hospital Authority Head Office according to established guidelines. The hospital will co-operate with the CHP to investigate the source of infection.

Women United Flagler Chapter Raises $30,790 at Recent Power of the Purse event

PALM COAST, Fla.April 28, 2023PRLog — The Women United Flagler Chapter is pleased to announce the group’s Flagler Power of the Purse event held at Hammock Dunes Club on Monday, April 24th has raised $30,790.

“This was a sold-out event with 160 attendees – the maximum capacity at the Hammock Dunes Club,” said Barbara Johanson, Vice President of Women United Flagler. “The theme was “April Showers Brings…” and the room was transformed with the help of the Power of the Purse committee volunteers and ART among the FLOWERS.” Barbara added.

“The success of this event could not be made possible without our generous sponsors, donors, attendees and volunteers,” said Women United Flagler President Linda Mahran. “Our business community came together in full force to make this happen,” Linda added. Sponsors included; over $3,500 in in-kind floral arrangement and décor from ART Among the FLOWERS, photography by MoMo Photography as an in-kind sponsor, Designer Purse sponsors included Intracoastal Bank, Florida Health Care Plans, Fields Car Dealership, Truist Bank, AdventHealth Palm Coast Foundation and RE/MAX Select Professionals & Select Title Agency LLC. Once again, this year, Top Shelf Storage was the Champagne sponsor. WalMart Insurance Services and Tom Gibbs Chevrolet were Favor Sponsors. Murray & Murray Insurance was the Silent Auction Sponsor and Golden Flicker Candles was the Wine Pull Sponsor. There were also nine area businesses that were table sponsors. They include MLR Financial Co., Serenity Realty Group, Lynni Megginson Designs, Yellowstone Landscape, Tag Ventures Real Estate, Johanson Team & Watson Realty, Center of Natural Medicine, Jeep Beach and J. Akins Law.

The program for the Power of the Purse included speakers from three agencies which receive funding from the group. CEO and founder of Abundant Life Ministries, Sandra Shank was inspirational in announcing the plans for Phoenix Crossings. John Subers, Executive Director of AdventHealth Palm Coast Foundation gave an update on the new hospital and presented the group with a brick to commemorate the long-standing partnership. Family Life Center’s Executive Director, Trish Giaconne, spoke of the importance of a local domestic abuse center and informed the audience they are expanding the rape crisis hot-line to include Volusia County.  Nicole Miller, the incoming board chair for the United Way of Volusia Flagler Counties, gave an update on the A.L.I.C.E. population.

Beyond the Power of the Purse, Women United Flagler is best known for their food-raising project Chicks with Cans. Members volunteer outside Publix’s collecting monetary donations for Feed Flagler twice a year. All donations received stay in Flagler County to help those that are food insecure. Since 2012, Chicks with Cans has collected monetary donations totaling $75,781. The group is currently seeking volunteers to sign up to collect donations May 5, 6 and 7. Those interested in volunteering are asked to visit

Anyone that would like to get involved with the group can do so by liking and following the group’s Facebook page at, donate when you see the Chicks with Cans volunteers, and/or volunteer as a ‘Chick’, join as a member of Women United Flagler for $50 annually, or become involved and serve on a committee.