FIA Conference Week
FIA Conference Week which finished on Friday in Kuala Lumpur,
brought together 180 automobile club delegates from over 60
nations representing the 70 million members of the Fédération
Internationale de l'Automobile worldwide.
Hosted by the Automobile Association of Malaysia, the first
time the conference was held in the Far East, the Conference
Week is primarily a networking environment where best practice
is shared on a range of issues concerning sustainability, road
accident prevention and environmental issues.
As many of the clubs vary in size and degree of development,
there is much mentoring from the bigger more established automobile
associations so as to help the smaller organization develop,
in particular in the field of accident prevention. For the first
time this year, motorsport clubs worked alongside the mobility
clubs and this will only serve to enrich and strengthen the
Federation as knowledge can then flow between all members.
In this particular area, the FIA is committed to supporting
the United Nations Decade of Action For Road Safety, aimed at
preventing five million road accident deaths in ten years. In
order to address this truly shocking waste of human lives (1.3
million deaths annually and 50 million injured), President Jean
Todt has put the full weight of the Federation behind the FIA
Action For Road Safety, speaking extensively about it at the
Kuala Lumpur conference where delegates also voted to adopt
a logo as a powerful motivational focus.
The week also saw the launch of MyRap, the Malaysian branch
of the Road Assessment Programme which is one of the many FIA
initiatives to prevent road deaths and minimize the impact of
the aftermath of accidents.
FEDERATION OF INTERNATINALE DE L' AUTOMOBILE
I am pleased to inform you that Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee has announced, via an official certification dated 9th December 2011, that the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile has been recognised by the IOC.
The FIA is proud and delighted to be part of the Olympic family.
Within this context, our federation affirms its commitments to respect the Olympic Charter, in particular:
- to establish and enforce, in accordance with the Olympic spirit, the rules concerning the practice of its respective sports and to ensure their application
- to ensure the development of its sports throughout the world
- to contribute to the achievement of the goals set out in the Olympic Charter, particularly in relation to the ongoing development of Olympic Values and Olympic education.
The IOC recognition is provisional for a period of two years. The IOC has invited the FIA to introduce as soon as it is possible an Athlete’s Commission so as to make this recognition permanent.
I would like to also draw your attention to the fact, if this not already the case, that it is possible for your club to be recognised by your country’s National Olympic Committee, at their discretion.
A common action plan between the FIA and your club could be implemented, on the basis of the Olympic Chapter, so as to allow your club to draw benefit from also being member of your country’s NOC.
Following on from this excellent news for the FIA, allow me to send you my best wishes for this New Year, and I look forward to working together with you to make our federation even more relevant, dynamic and ground-breaking.
With best wishes,