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Global Status Report on Road Safet 2018 has been published - new statistics

Global Status Report on Road Safet 2018 has been published - new statistics

The number of road traffic deaths continues to climb, reaching 1.35 million in 2016. However, the rates of death relative to the size of the world’s population has stabilized in recent years. The data presented in the new report show that progress has been achieved in important areas such as legislation, vehicle standards and improving access to post-crash care. This progress has not, however, occurred at a pace fast enough to compensate for the rising population and rapid motorization of transport taking place in many parts of the world. At this rate, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) target 3.6 to halve road traffic deaths by 2020 will not be met.

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Alliance Advocates Program Extends to Asia - a collaboration with YOURS

Alliance Advocates Program Extends to Asia - a collaboration with YOURS

21 grassroots road safety NGO leaders from eight countries in Asia became the newest cohort of trainees to join the Alliance Advocates Program, a growing movement of NGOs that is championing a low-cost, evidence-based approach to road safety. It is the first time that the Alliance Advocate training, organized by the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety (the Alliance), has been run in Asia. The trainees, known as Alliance Advocates , will strengthen their data, project management, and advocacy skills through a practical, innovative demonstration project. The programme, developed and delivered in collaboration with YOURS is the fourth training programme run as part of the Alliance Empowerment Programme.

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Reporting back from Safety 2018: global violence and injury prevention - Thailand.

Reporting back from Safety 2018: global violence and injury prevention - Thailand.

Earlier in the month, we were at the Safety 2018 conference in Bangkok, Thailand. The conference is a bi-annual conference bringing together experts from the field of violence and injury prevention. This year the conference, organized by the World Health Organization in partnership with the Government of Thailand culminating in the Bangkok Declaration. At the event, we took place in a special "State of the Art Session" on road safety for children and young people as well as having a presence with booth materials.

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YOURS runs panel on

YOURS runs panel on "Meaningful Youth Engagement in Road Safety"

On 19 November 2018, YOURS co-organized a high-level international road safety conference in Malta. The Government of Malta and the European Regional Office of the World Health Organization asked YOURS to Chair and bring together a panel that would discuss meaningful youth engagement in designing a safe mobility system. In other words, discuss the importance of youth involvement build in policymaking, implementation, and evaluation. 

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Remembering our Road Traffic Victims: World Day of Remembrance

Remembering our Road Traffic Victims: World Day of Remembrance

The World Day of Remembrance (WDoR) for Road Traffic Victims is set annually on the third Sunday of November, commemorating the lives of those lost to road tragedies. YOURS will join an event for the general public on Sunday 18 November at the Point Shopping Mall, Tigne Sliema in Malta from 3PM onwards. Monday the 19th YOURS will be running a special panel session entitled, "Youth have their say" as part of The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2018 conference in Malta.   

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We will be live from Safety 2018 - World Safety Conference, Bagkok, Thailand

We will be live from Safety 2018 - World Safety Conference, Bagkok, Thailand

Next month (November 2018) we will be attending the Safety 2018 - 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. The conference's major theme is “Advancing injury and violence prevention towards SDGs”.

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Young drivers who use cannabis at higher risk of collisions for at least 5 hours - study

Young drivers who use cannabis at higher risk of collisions for at least 5 hours - study

You may have been lliving under a rock to not hear the news that Canada has legalized recreational marijuana aka cannabis, pot, weed, Mary Jane. Canada has been through some rigorous political movements to take this step and while millions rejoice, there comes added warnings about road safety. Driving impaired is a serious issue in road safety and a new study from McGill University, Canada has issued findings that show young drivers are once again at particular risk on the road if driving under the influence of cannabis.

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How to Turn a Car Town into a Cycling City - a Dutch example

How to Turn a Car Town into a Cycling City - a Dutch example

The following is excerpted from “ Building the Cycling City ,” by Melissa and Chris Brunlett, published by Island Press. In it, the authors elevate examples from five Dutch cities as “blueprints” for creating an accessible urban cycling culture and explore how those examples have inspired other cities around the world.

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Youth will have their say at panel discussion - Malta road safety event

Youth will have their say at panel discussion - Malta road safety event

Next month, we will be running a special panel session entitled, "Youth have their say" as part of The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2018 conference in Malta. The event is themed around “Roads with stories”, and is being organized by the World Health Organization in Malta. As part of the day, the panel discussion will bring together a range of youth voices and has been organized in collaboration between the Malta Medical Students Association and YOURS.

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Brian's Column: Why is public transport in developing contexts so yikes?

Brian's Column: Why is public transport in developing contexts so yikes?

Brian is back with his monthly column giving his unique perspective on youth and road safety issues in Africa. Often, our perspective of African issues is shrouded by the media or stereotypes. Brian gives us a first hand opinion from the ground.

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Youth 2030: The UN Strategy on Youth -  working with and for young people

Youth 2030: The UN Strategy on Youth - working with and for young people

A world in which the human rights of every young person are realized; that ensures every young person is empowered to achieve their full potential; and that recognizes young people’s agency, resilience and their positive contributions as agents of change. The Secretary-General tasked his Envoy on Youth, in conjunction with the UN system and youth themselves, to lead development of a UN Youth Strategy. Its aim: scale up global, regional and national actions to meet young people’s needs, realize their rights and tap their possibilities as agents of change.

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Youth road safety ambassadors make recommendations to the Vietnamese government

Youth road safety ambassadors make recommendations to the Vietnamese government

AIP Foundation and 15 youth road safety ambassadors from Thuy Loi University in Hanoi joined the Asian Development Bank and Safetipin App on a road safety data collection mission. The mission aimed to collect personal safety data around Hanoi’s Metro Line 3 through Safetipin’s parameters in order to make development recommendations to the government.

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Vision Zero for Youth: safer streets starting where youth walk and bike

Vision Zero for Youth: safer streets starting where youth walk and bike

Around the world, communities are committing to eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries, with an approach called Vision Zero. A growing group of these cities is focused on improving safety in school zones and other places where children and youth walk and bicycle. Vision Zero for Youth recognizes that starting with youth can be the catalyst to build community support for Vision Zero, and that Vision Zero should include a focus on youth.

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Jacob Smith joins us as a regional youth champion for North America

Jacob Smith joins us as a regional youth champion for North America

From participating in leadership opportunities in high school to establishing his own consulting firm where he works with national nonprofit organizations in advocacy, Jacob Smith remains passionate about promoting safety issues and youth leadership. “I am currently right now with various organizations. Most of them are youth participating organizations,” Smith stated. “Back in high school at Whitehouse High School, I was involved with FCCLA, which is Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. I went from serving as a national officer on the board of directors and now they are actually one of my clients. The organization is pretty strong in a lot of subjects, but ultimately it prepares students to make an impact in their families, careers and communities.”

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European students win the YEARS awards for upgrading dangerous roads

European students win the YEARS awards for upgrading dangerous roads

Four pairs of engineering students from Italy, Lithuania and Poland have been recognised for projects to redesign and upgrade high-risk road infrastructure in the cities of Milan, Naples, Vilnius and Kraków. The students’ projects were delivered as part of YEARS (Young Europeans Acting for Road Safety), a Europe-wide project on the road safety of young people managed by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and the UK’s Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) with the support of the European Commission, the German Road Safety Council (DVR) and VIAS Institute in Belgium. The awards ceremony is took place in Brussels on 12th September 18.

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The case of the Bangladesh youth movement for road safety - by Riyadh Kaiser

The case of the Bangladesh youth movement for road safety - by Riyadh Kaiser

Recently, a national youth movement for road safety took place in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka. It was one of the first times youths, through the collective anger for losing peers on the road, took to the streets to call for action and change. We are privileged to have a youth leader give his perspective on what happened in Bangladesh.

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Support Project #EDWARD -  European Day Without a Road Death by TISPOL

Support Project #EDWARD - European Day Without a Road Death by TISPOL

A DAY WITHOUT FATALITIES ON EUROPE’S ROADS? That’s the aim of Project EDWARD each year. Launched in 2016, the project is supported by drivers across the continent, plus very generous public and private sector partners. 2018’s day of action is Wednesday 19 September. The long-term aim is to spearhead significant and sustained reduction in death and serious injury on roads across the world.

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Brian's Column: Can’t we have roads constructed for humans first?

Brian's Column: Can’t we have roads constructed for humans first?

Our regular columnist Mr Brian Bilal Mwebaze from Uganda is back with his take on all things youth and road safety in Africa. Brian gives a unique perspective on the things he sees around him. As a self confessed "public health freak", Brian's unique viewpoint as a youth champion for road safety, a social entrepreneur and a public health expert offers candid expression of the state-of-play in the African region. This month he asks the question, " Why can't we create roads for humans and not just for cars?" .

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Vote for the Child Health Initiative to be featured at South x South West

Vote for the Child Health Initiative to be featured at South x South West

South by Southwest is a conference and music festival that brings together experts from diverse backgrounds to foster innovation. Our friends at the FIA Foundation have applied to speak at the event. The proposed presentation is about the importance of safe, sustainable, child-friendly cities, reflecting the global work of our Child Health Initiative. We call on our youth network to log in and vote for the initiative.

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"Keke do you love me?" - not if you do that stupid dance out the car!

There’s no denying that Drake is a music sensation. Over the past years he has broken through as a serious contender for most streamed, watched and influential rapper of the 21st century. Alongside some of the big hits coming out of Drake’s camp are some subtle and overt trends attached to his beats. Drake is perhaps the most ‘memeable’ musician out there, his ‘Hotline Bling’ dancing took the internet into meltdown with countless remakes made of his tongue-in-cheek moves. In the latest viral trend, Drake’s new song ‘In My Feelings’ has encouraged youth across the world to emulate Drake dancing. Part of this viral challenge sees (mainly) young people stepping out of a moving car to dance to the song…we don’t think that’s cool!

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