Click through the timeline above to view our story in a step-by-step presentation of how YOURS came to be! (The presentation can be navigated through back and forward steps as soon as it has loaded, which may take a minute or so).
Three years ago, 400 young road safety advocates from around the world assembled at the United Nations in Geneva to discuss road safety at the first ever World Youth Assembly for Road Safety. At this Assembly, we were inspired and empowered to do more to make the world's road safe for young people.
Through our Youth Declaration for Road Safety, the crowning achievement of the Assembly, we carried the message home that we are committed to acting responsibly on the roads and that all sectors of society - parents, educators, community leaders, policy-makers, private companies, the media and celebrities - have a role to play in working to ensure greater safety on our roads.
From the Assembly emerged a wish on the part of the 200 official delegates to create an international youth-led and youth-oriented NGO. Three years have passed since the Assembly and with the support of our network and particularly of our taskforce of seven young road safety advocates, YOURS has defined the mission, objectives and activities of the NGO.
Our name and our logo were chosen by our network and the strategic direction was proposed by the Youth Taskforce: YOURS relates to the ownership our network has of the NGO: You, Ours and Yours are pronouns that refer to individual and collective ownership and responsibility in the road safety course. Our visual image clearly communicates our name, but also reflects our link to road safety. The traffic light is a universally recognized symbol that needs no explanation.
For more information about the World Youth Assembly, please visit the website of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration.
More information about the Youth Taskforce, who came together in 2009 to aid with the strategic direction of YOURS can be read by clicking on the banner in the right column.