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Africa Advocates Training open for applications via Global Alliance

Africa Advocates Training open for applications via Global Alliance

Alliance Advocates are selected through a rigorous training program designed to find those applicants who will benefit most from the training.  In 2018, Alliance Advocate training is shifting from a single global training course to several regional courses. The training will take place in collaboration with FedEx and delivered by YOURS. We invite members of the Global Alliance who are eligible for the training in the region to apply! The African Alliance Advocate training, which will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, in March 2018 is now open for applications.

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Fundación MAPFRE Awards - For those who make the world a better place

Fundación MAPFRE Awards - For those who make the world a better place

In 2015, we won the prestigious Fundación MAPFRE Award for 'Best Road Safety Initiative' celebrating the 2014 edition of the awards. This year, the 2017 awards are open for nomination and will be selected and celebrated in 2018. The mechanics have also been simplified: the documentation must be submitted via web; by March 1, 2017, contact information can be sent through Fundación MAPFRE's website. More information is available below.

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Read about our delivery of the second Alliance Advocates training - USA

Read about our delivery of the second Alliance Advocates training - USA

The Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety (also known as 'The Alliance') received a generous grant from FedEx to help further develop the capacity of the 200+ Alliance members (reached in 2017) in 90 countries. The Alliance created the 'Alliance Empowerment Program', an overarching program that has the aim to work with NGO leaders to improve their effectiveness and impact. Members of the Alliance identified several key areas for development that would help them in their road safety missions on the ground.

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Historic moment for global road safety as governments agree on targets

Historic moment for global road safety as governments agree on targets

In an historic move, Member States have concluded work on a comprehensive set of global road safety targets to measure progress on addressing key risk factors and service delivery mechanisms. At the meeting Member States were represented by senior government officials from capital cities and Geneva-based diplomatic missions, from a broad range of sectors, including health, transport, interior and police, among others. The meeting was chaired by Dr Viroj Tangcharoensathien of Thailand.

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Be a superhero role model this festive season – youth road safety tips!

Be a superhero role model this festive season – youth road safety tips!

The festive period is a time for family and good company, food, drinks, indulgence, presents and fun! Did we miss anything out? While the positive sides of xmas and new year ring true for many of us and are season to look forward too, year on year road traffic crashes peak during this period. It’s a sad reality that dampens festive spirits and in the worse cases, destroys the peace of mind of families everywhere. For some young people, having a ‘lit’ holiday sometimes means indulging, in drinks or drugs (legal highs or illegal), this is also a reality facing youth. In many cultures where drinking is the center point of socialization, we as young people can take real meaningful steps to ensure we are safe on the road. It starts with us, it starts with being a superhero role model; not all heroes wear capes!

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#SaveKidsLives moves into the next phase of campaigning: #EveryLife

#SaveKidsLives moves into the next phase of campaigning: #EveryLife

As part of the campaigning team, we’re building on the momentum that campaigners helped achieve and today we’ a new phase is launching: the #EveryLife campaign . The campaign is stepping up to call for safe and healthy streets for every child – including air quality as well as traffic injury. As a mission, the campaign states, "With your continued support, we will fight to protect every child worldwide from needlessly dying on unsafe roads or suffering lifelong health problems due to breathing in toxic air. Road traffic is a major health burden to children causing both injury and respiratory illness. We are calling for action!"

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Mark the World Day of Remembrance - 19th November 2017

Mark the World Day of Remembrance - 19th November 2017

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year – to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families, friends and many others who are also affected. It is also a Day on which we thank the emergency services and reflect on the tremendous burden and cost of this daily continuing disaster to families, communities and countries, and on ways to halt it. Road deaths and injuries are sudden, violent, traumatic events. Their impact is long-lasting, often permanent. Each year, millions of newly injured and bereaved people from every corner of the world are added to the countless millions who already suffer. The cumulative toll is truly tremendous.

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One by One -  a song for the World Day of Remembrance by iRAP

One by One - a song for the World Day of Remembrance by iRAP

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is held on the third Sunday of November. This day is dedicated to remembering the many millions killed or injured in road crashes and their families and communities.  We also pay tribute to the dedicated emergency crews, police and medical professionals who deal with the traumatic aftermath of road death and injury on a daily basis.

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Brian's Column: What makes a good road

Brian's Column: What makes a good road "good"? Reflections after Delft

After successfully graduating from Delft Road Safety Course, a cooperation between Delft University of Technology, SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research, Delft Post Graduate Education and Road Safety for All, Our monthly columnist Brian Kanaahe Mwebaze dares to explore what makes a good road good in Africa.

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Road Safety Annual Report 2017 focuses on serious action needed

Road Safety Annual Report 2017 focuses on serious action needed

The IRTAD Road Safety Annual Report 2017 provides an overview of road safety performance for 2015 in 40 countries, with preliminary data for 2016, and detailed reports for each country. It includes tables with cross country comparisons on key safety indicators. The report outlines the most recent safety data in IRTAD countries, including detailed analysis by road user, age group and type of road. It describes the crash data collection process in IRTAD countries, the road safety strategies and targets in place, and information on recent trends in speeding, drink-driving and other aspects of road user behaviour. The 2017 edition of the IRTAD Road Safety Annual Report puts special emphasis on road safety for an ageing population, which represents a growing concern in many countries.

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Safety 2018 World Conference - Call for abstracts

Safety 2018 World Conference - Call for abstracts

Injuries and violence are a major public health burden across the globe. The 13th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (Safety 2018) will bring together over 1000 of the world's leading researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and activists to share information and experiences and to discuss solutions. Conference major theme is “Advancing injury and violence prevention towards SDGs”

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Child Health Initiative Declaration - London conference calls for action

Child Health Initiative Declaration - London conference calls for action

Global action is urgently required to prevent the needless deaths of thousands of children worldwide, where young lives are cut short or seriously impaired due to toxic air and unsafe streets, the Mayors of London and Accra, alongside international agencies and global experts said at the Child Health Initiative’s ‘Every Journey, Every Child’ conference at London City Hall.

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Walking the Talk: showing how organizations can impact real change

Walking the Talk: showing how organizations can impact real change

The Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety (the Alliance), has launched its new publication Walking the Talk , at the Every Journey, Every Child International Conference organized by the Global Initiative for Child Health and Mobility, in London, UK. Walking the Talk describes the response of the Alliance and its member NGOs to the call for action represented by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with focus on SDG 3.6: “By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents” and 11.2 “By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible, and sustainable transport systems for all.” 2 The publication argues that the SDGs are a shared responsibility involving governments, NGOs, corporations, and bi- and multilateral stakeholders and that NGOs can be effective partners in achieving change.

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UN Secretary-General's Report highlights previous two years of global action

UN Secretary-General's Report highlights previous two years of global action

The seventy-second session of the United Nations General Assembly focused on 'Improving Global Road Safety' . The session accepted a report from the UN Secretary-General focusing on global road safety action in the previous two years to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3.6 - the halve all deaths caused by road traffic crashes by 2020. The Secretary-General transmitted the report on improving global road safety, prepared by the World Health Organization in consultation with the United Nations regional commissions and other partners of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration. It features a wealth of action from the global road safety community including reference to YOURS' work at the Second High-Level Meeting on Road Safety and our work with the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety.

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See how youth are revolutionizing road safety awareness in Belize

See how youth are revolutionizing road safety awareness in Belize

We have been speaking about Belize a lot over the last few years. Namely, because the Government and the Caribbean Development Bank have been investing a lot in the country in terms of infrastructure upgrades and road safety awareness. From 2014-2016 we worked with 34 talented young people to train them on road safety issues. These young people were selected from across Belize, young people passionate about social issues and personally affected by road crashes. A few years on, these young people are still working with the Government of Belize to raise awareness of road safety in the country.

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Star Ratings for Schools App: New road safety tool from iRAP

Star Ratings for Schools App: New road safety tool from iRAP

We all want the best for our kids, but every day children are dying or being seriously injured in road crashes as they travel to their place of education. Sometimes they are killed just yards from the school entrance. We can’t allow these tragedies to continue. Each death and each injury violates a child’s right to an education. This is why iRAP is developing the iRAP Star Rating for Schools Global App.

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"Beyond Expectations" - Alliance Advocates reflect on Memphis training

Last month, we wrapped up the Alliance Advocates training in Memphis, Tennessee organized by the Global Alliance of Road Safety NGOs as part of their Alliance Empowerment Program and sponsored by FedEx. Our role was the continued design and delivery of the program curriculum, delivered in the signature YOURS facilitation method. The Alliance recently featured two testimonial reflections from participants to the training, we are pleased to share them with you here!

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Where is the world's most dangerous country for young people?

Where is the world's most dangerous country for young people?

Recently the Guardian wrote an article  about the widening gap in youth mortality between the developed and developing world. A new analysis shows Violence, preventable diseases, and traffic accidents are to blame for a widening of the youth mortality gap between the developed and developing world, according to a new Guardian analysis of the most recent World  Health  Organisation (WHO) data. 

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'The Knock On Effect' of speeding - a powerful new road safety advert

'The Knock On Effect' of speeding - a powerful new road safety advert

In a 2006 study, The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Council of Transport Ministers determined that excessive or inappropriate speed was the full or partial cause in approximately one third (33%) of all fatal crashes. Put another way,  SPEED KILLS . There are a lot of misconceptions about the role that speed plays in crashes. Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting the facts.

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NGOs to Lead Development of Road Safety Initiatives by NGOs in 15 Countries

NGOs to Lead Development of Road Safety Initiatives by NGOs in 15 Countries

We are currently in Memphis, Tenessee in the United States of America to work with the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety in its flagship program, the Alliance Advocates. During this programme, we will be training 15 advocates from 15 countries in global road safety advocacy alongside the Alliance and sponsored by FedEx.

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