Out of more than 140 attending nations the U.S was the only one that issued a dissenting statement.
Etienne Krug, director at WHO’s Department of Social Determinants of Health, said that if motorized road transport did not yet exist “no sane government would permit it.”
He said that the Stockholm Declaration could enable the world to “move quickly towards a safe, healthy, and clean transport system for everyone.”
However, the dissent from the U.S. could slow this progress, claimed Vancouver-based city planner Brent Toderian:
“The U.S. delegation using its stubborn car-only doctrine, and radical ideology of climate emergency denial as excuses to stand in the way of real traffic death solutions is sadly just par for the course for the Trump Administration.”
Further linking the U.S. dissent on road crashes to that on climate change, Toderian added:
“As with other important issues needing global leadership and partnership, the rest of the world must proceed without hesitation, with or without America.”