World Bicycle Day
GENERAL ASSEMBLY DECLARES 3 JUNE AS WORLD BICYCLE DAY
- The General Assembly plenary met this morning. It adopted five resolutions and one decision – all without a vote.
- First it considered the agenda item “Improving global road safety”. It adopted by consensus a biannual resolution, encouraging Member States to take steps towards achieving the voluntary global performance targets for road safety.
- The plenary then adopted four new resolutions and one new decision. One declared 3 June as World Bicycle Day. By that resolution, the Assembly encouraged stakeholders to emphasize and advance the use of the bicycle as a means of fostering sustainable development; strengthening education, including physical education, for children and young people; promoting health; preventing disease; promoting tolerance, mutual understanding and respect; and facilitating social inclusion and a culture of peace.
- The second new resolution concerned the International Association of Permanent Representatives to the United Nations. By that resolution, the Assembly authorized the Secretary-General to continue to provide the Association, from within existing resources, with facilities. It also called upon the Secretary-General to provide the Association with a separate web page on the United Nations web site.
- The third new resolution concerned cooperation between the United Nations and the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea. The fourth concerned the organization of the third high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.
- There was also a new decision setting the theme of the second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation, which will be held in Argentina next March. That theme is the “Role of South South cooperation and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: challenges and opportunities”.