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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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Lead an exciting Star Rating for Schools initiative globally and help save kids lives

Lead an exciting Star Rating for Schools initiative globally and help save kids lives

iRAP is a charity dedicated to tackling the largest cause of death for young people worldwide: road crashes. Our vision is a world free of high risk roads. As Programme Coordinator, Star Rating for Schools you have the chance to work with a small, dynamic team that has global reach and impact. The Star Rating for Schools programme will be implemented globally by a range of well-experienced and successful Lead Partner road safety NGOs with a shared passion for road safety.

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We're back from facilitating a strategic advocacy workshop for Amend - Ghana

We're back from facilitating a strategic advocacy workshop for Amend - Ghana

Akwaaba to Accra, Ghana! On 3-4 July, Amend organized a strategy workshop for their safe school area work in 10 African countries. NGO leaders from Benin, Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tanzania, and Zambia attended the workshop. YOURS was asked to lead the development and structure of the program, as well to facilitate the workshop.

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Reporting back from a successful South African follow up training - Polokwane

Reporting back from a successful South African follow up training - Polokwane

In July 2017, we trained 20 young leaders from across the Limpopo Province in South Africa. These leaders were selected for their influence and leadership in their communities; their linkages and access to hard-to-reach communities such as those in townships and their passion for social justice and change. In partnership with the Global Road Safety Partnership in South Africa (GRSP ZA) and generously funded by the socially responsible company Michelin, the programme took place over 5 days in Bela-Bela, South Africa. After being rigorously trained through an intensive information packed workshop, these leaders became the first cohort of South African Youth Ambassadors for Road Safety. They were trained in a range of topics including road safety in South Africa, why crashes happen, why young people are at risk, factors surround gender, risk factors including speed, distracted driving, drink and drug driving and seatbelts as well as lifelong skills such as presentations skills, facilitation skills and road safety messaging.

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Youth Road Safety Ambassadors in South Africa to brush up new skills with YOURS

Youth Road Safety Ambassadors in South Africa to brush up new skills with YOURS

South Africans pay a high toll for road traffic crashes, especially amongst young males aged 14-35. In July 2017, we partnered with the Global Road Safety Partnership South Africa (GRSP ZA), the Government of South Africa (Ministry of Health and Transport) and the Michelin Corporate Foundation to deliver the first Youth Ambassadors for Road Safety Training in the country. 20 young leaders, selected for their activism and standing in their communities joined YOURS in Limpopo Province to be trained on road safety knowledge and peer education methods. Michelin, in their ground breaking approach to global road safety, and whom are long standing founding member of YOURS funded the programme (through the Michelin Corporate Foundation) to equip these young people with the skills they needed to reach out to their communities and raise road safety consciousness across society. The project was organized by GRSP ZA in collaboration with the Provincial Government of Limpopo and the Department for Transport.

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Avoid a World Cup penalty by having none for the road!

Avoid a World Cup penalty by having none for the road!

We are well into the magical championship that is the FIFA World Cup. The football tournament is the most watched sporting event in modern history and continues to bedazzle and amaze with some of the world's best players. Whether your country is in the world cup or not, there's no escaping world cup fever. There's another phenomena that often accompanies sporting events like the world cup; excessive drinking. You may find yourself having a beer at odd times in the day, during the day-time matches or drinking more than you usually do midweek for the evening matches. That's why we are endorsing the message of Somerset Road Safety's World Cup Campaign: " Avoid a World Cup Penalty by having none for the road" .

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The theme for International Youth Day 2018 is Safe Spaces for Youth

The theme for International Youth Day 2018 is Safe Spaces for Youth

Youth need safe spaces where they can come together, engage in activities related to their diverse needs and interests, participate in decision making processes and freely express themselves. While there are many types of spaces, safe spaces ensure the dignity and safety of youth.  Safe spaces such as civic spaces enable youth to engage in governance issues; public spaces afford youth the opportunity to participate in sports and other leisure activities in the community; digital spaces help youth interact virtually across borders with everyone; and well planned physical spaces can help accommodate the needs of diverse youth especially those vulnerable to marginalization or violence. In addition, we at YOURS believe that safe spaces should include a safe journey to those safe places.

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Distracted driving, everyone hates it but many people do it -  new study

Distracted driving, everyone hates it but many people do it - new study

Insurance company Esurance has a new study out on distracted driving in the USA, and it makes for interesting reading. Almost everyone agrees distracted driving is bad, yet it's still remarkably prevalent. Even drivers who report rarely driving distracted also report that they engage in distracting behaviors. The study also raises some questions about the growing complexity of modern vehicles, particularly the user interfaces they confront us with.

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The safe system approach: an example in action in São Paulo Brazil

The safe system approach: an example in action in São Paulo Brazil

Each year, around 38,000 people die from traffic-related crashes in Brazil. Most of the victims are pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. The staggering number is a direct result of the lack of road safety precautions in Brazilian cities, which are growing quickly both in size and population but also the number of vehicles on the road. Recognizing this as a serious problem, two of Brazil’s largest cities, São Paulo and Fortaleza – home to 12.1 and 2.6 million people, respectively – have become the first to adopt new road safety policies and protocols. To save lives, these cities are turning to what’s called a “ Safe System ” approach.

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Reporting from Leipzig - International Transport Forum session summary

Reporting from Leipzig - International Transport Forum session summary

The 2018 Summit on “Transport Safety and Security” is addressing issues ranging from terrorism and cyber-security to road safety and extreme weather disruption, including the risks and benefits of automated driving. Safety and security are core concerns for transport. A transport system that is safe and secure enables passengers to travel without fear and allows businesses to ship goods reliably and efficiently. Enhancing transport safety and security is also an essential element in the implementation of two major international agreements, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

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Brian's Column: Traffic cops being killed on the road should be a concern

Brian's Column: Traffic cops being killed on the road should be a concern

Our regular columnist and Anglophone Africa CORE Group Representative Brian Bilal Mwebaze is back with another feature on road safety happenings in Africa. This time he focuses on crashes in Africa with traffic cops and the wider need for road safety to be translated to the local level.

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We will be live from Leipzig, Germany for the International Transport Summit

We will be live from Leipzig, Germany for the International Transport Summit

The 2018 Summit on “Transport Safety and Security” will address issues ranging from terrorism and cyber-security to road safety and extreme weather disruption, including the risks and benefits of automated driving. Safety and security are core concerns for transport. A transport system that is safe and secure enables passengers to travel without fear and allows businesses to ship goods reliably and efficiently. Enhancing transport safety and security is also an essential element in the implementation of two major international agreements, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

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Read about our ground breaking multi-award winning workshops!

Read about our ground breaking multi-award winning workshops!

We use our years of expertise in workshop delivery  to develop the capacities of young people in the field of road safety. With global experiences from Belize, Cambodia, Kenya, Niger, Oman, Saint Lucia, South Africa and the USA, YOURS is able to provide youth-friendly, highly interactive and dynamic workshops for young people. These workshops have big impact on the lives of young people are create robust youth action to reduce road traffic crashes amongst 15-29 year olds.

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"Heroes drive in pajamas" - youth campaign wins Golden Award in Solvenia

We recently featured the campaign, "Heroes drive in pajamas", a campaign targeting young drivers in Solvenia. The campaign focuses on encouraging young people to be picked up from nights out, even if their parents are in pajamas. The innovative campaign shared the responsibiity of young people getting home safely, focused primarily on youth who have been drinking or are under the influence of other substances. 

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New UN Resolution: Improving Global Road Safety specifically mentions youth

New UN Resolution: Improving Global Road Safety specifically mentions youth

Stressing that road traffic deaths and injuries remained a major public health and development problem with broad social and economic consequences, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a draft resolution titled “Improving global road safety”, cautioning that, if left unaddressed, the current situation could affect progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Assembly also recognized the economic toll such deaths had on developing countries, with costs for some countries adding up to 5 per cent of their gross domestic product (GDP) per year, making the reduction of road traffic deaths and injuries both an economic and a social priority.

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Brian's Column: The voices of youth and survivors at African symposium

Brian's Column: The voices of youth and survivors at African symposium

Did you think we had all unanimously retired from bringing you the voices of youth and road safety from Africa? Probably…but no. There has been a lot going on! You may have read about our successful participation in delivering of the Alliance Advocates African region training in Nairobi, Kenya but you haven’t read about the East African Injury Symposium that took place in Kampala, Uganda yet right? Our Anglophone Africa Region Coordinator Brian Mwebaze Kanaahe, as always brings us to speed on what took place.

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25th meeting of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration this week in NYC

25th meeting of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration this week in NYC

The United Nations Road Safety Collaboration is an informal consultative mechanism whose members are committed to road safety efforts and in particular to the implementation of the recommendations of the World report on road traffic injury prevention . The goal of the Collaboration is to facilitate international cooperation and to strengthen global and regional coordination among UN agencies and other international partners to implement UN General Assembly resolutions and the recommendations of the world report thereby supporting country programmes.

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What does another year of action look like at YOURS? Annual Report 2017

What does another year of action look like at YOURS? Annual Report 2017

It has been a decade since the UN World Youth Assembly for Road Safety, which marked the first UN Global Road Safety Week in May 2007. Back then, road traffic crashes were proclaimed to be the number one health concern to young people globally, with over 1000 young lives lost on our road daily. Ten years later, the reality remains and in some places, road traffic crashes have increased. The youth of the world continue to pay the highest price for mobility and it is clear that there are gaps in the road safety system. That is why we are ramping up new efforts to include youth.

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