7th United Nations Week for Road Safety: Rethinking mobility in Latin America and the Caribbean

7th United Nations Week for Road Safety: Rethinking mobility in Latin America and the Caribbean
VII United Nations Week for Road Safety: Rethinking mobility in Latin America and the Caribbean

Join us on Thursday, 18 May, in the webinar "Rethinking mobility in Latin America and the Caribbean", hosted by PAHO as part of the activities of the 7th UN Road Safety Week  (15-21 May). The event will be broadcasted vía Zoom from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (Washington DC time) and will have simultaneous translation in English, Spanish and Portuguese. 

This seventh edition of UN Road Safety Week highlights the desperate need for governments and societies to rethink the way road transport systems are planned to ensure safe and sustainable mobility. It advocates promoting active mobility, such as walking and bicycling, as well as using mass public transport, modes that when safe, can contribute to making people healthy, cities sustainable and equitable societies. 

How to participate

  • DATE: Thursday, 18 May, 2023
  • TIME: 10:00 – 12:00 PM EDT [check below the local time in other cities]
  • REGISTER: https://paho-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__QqN7Z8lQHyuPc8J60ammQ
    • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
  • LANGUAGES: The webinar will be in English, Spanish and Portuguese, with interpretation to all languages.


About the webinar

The aim of this webinar is to visualize the benefits of switching to these healthier and more sustainable modes of transport and show concrete ways in which national and local governments, and their partners, are rethinking mobility. This, through the exchange of reflections of different actors involved in the search for safe and sustainable mobility in the Latin American and Caribbean Region, through an open, respectful, and proactive dialogue. From this dialogue, opportunities for collaboration can be identified to strengthen efforts and be more successful in this priority area of road safety.

For this virtual seminar, key collaborators are summoned: authorities representing coordinating agencies of road safety, representatives of the ministries of health and other government agencies, parliamentarians interested in the issue, city mayors and representatives of civil society organizations that work in road safety in the Region.

Ultimately, this activity seeks to translate into joining efforts to achieve the goals of the new World Plan for the Second Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030, a document that has recognized the need to implement measures with proven evidence of being effective for encourage multimodal transportation and land use planning.


Moderator: Dr. Ignacio Ibarra, Health Related Legislation Adviser.

  • 10:00-10:15:  Welcome words by PAHO/WHO authorities

    • Dr. Anselm Hennis. Director of the Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health Department of the Pan American Health Organization.
    • Dr. Nhan Tran, Head of the Safety and Mobility Unit of the World Health Organization.
    • Senator Mario Raymundo Fiad, Vice president of the Health Commission of the Argentine Senate and President of the American Parliamentary Network for Road Safety.

Strategies to rethink mobility in Latin America and the Caribbean

  • 10:15-10:30: Perspective from Parliaments:

    • Senator Soledad Tamayo, President of the Sixth Commission of the Colombian Parliament
  • 10:30-11:00: Perspectives from heads of National Road Safety Agencies

    • Paraguay: Maria del Carmen Gonzalez del Porro, Executive Director of the National Traffic and Road Safety Agency
    • Dominican Republic: Ing. Alexandra Cedeño Villegas, Director of Mobility at the National Institute of Transit and Land Transportation (INTRANT)
  • 11:00-11:30: Perspective of Organized Civil Society and NGOs:

    • Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety: Florencia Lambrosquini, Coordinator of the Latin American Chapter of the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety.
    • Ross Center for Sustainable Cities of the World Resources Institute (WRI): Claudia Adriazola, WRI.
  • 11:30-12:00: Local perspectives: cities that have managed to promote safe and sustainable mobility initiatives.

    • City of Fortaleza, Brazil: Ing. Antônio Ferreira Silva, Superintendent of the Municipal Trnasit and Citizenship Authority, Fortaleza, Brazil.
    • City of Buenos Aires, Argentina: Matías Caldrea, Chief of Staff of the General Directorate of Design and Implementation, of the Secretary of Transportation and Public Works, Government of the City of Buenos Aires.

Time correspondence

  •  7:00 am.– Los Angeles, Vancouver
  •  8:00 am. – Belmopan, Guatemala City,  Managua, Mexico City, San Jose (CR), San Salvador, Tegucigalpa
  •  9:00 am. – Bogota, Panamá City, Kingston, Lima, Quito
  • 10:00 am. – Asunción, Bridgetown, Caracas, Castries, Georgetown, Havana, La Paz, Nassau, Ottawa, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, San Juan, Santiago, Santo Domingo, Washington DC 
  • 11:00 am  –  Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Montevideo, Paramaribo
  •  4:00 pm. – Geneva, Madrid

For other cities, check the local time in the following link.

Related links

Road safety

Road Safety Parliamentary Network for the Americas

7th UN Global Road Safety Week 2023

7th UN Global Road Safety Week 2023