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The conference is officially opened and the Stockholm Declaration is presented for the world

Today, more than 1,700 participants from around 140 countries took part in the grand opening in Stockholm. The day began with an opening statement from His Majesty the King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf.

The Opening Session began with introductory remarks on road safety by His Majesty the King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf. The host of the conference, the Swedish Minister for Infrastructure Mr. Tomas Eneroth, then welcomed everyone and introduced the remaining participants of the opening ceremony.

The speech from the Opening Ceremony by His Majesty the King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf (Swedish Royal Court website)

Those who started the day were, among others, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization; Adina-Ioana Vălean, Transport Commissioner of the European Union; Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy of the African Union Commission; Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Minister of Internal Affairs from Russia and Omnia El Omrani,Co-Chair of the 2nd World Youth Assembly for Road Safety.

Tomas Eneroth, Swedish minister for Infrastructure.
Tomas Eneroth, Swedish minister for Infrastructure. 

The next item on this morning's agenda was the Chairman’s conclusions, called the “Stockholm Declaration”, that was presented by the Swedish Minister for Infrastructure, Mr. Tomas Eneroth, as the outcome document of the Third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety. Read more about it here (translated to the UN languages)

Stockholm Declaration

In addition to an inspiring speech by the Traffic Safety Director of the  Swedish Transport Administration, Maria Krafft, the first day of the conference also includes a number of High-level Panels on themes such as Achieving SDG Targets Through Vision Zero, Building Effective Leadership for Road Safety and Financing Safe and Sustainable Transport Systems.