February was an epic month for road safety action. We celebrate the 2nd World Youth Assembly for Road Safety with more than 160 youth leaders from 75 countries. A culmination of lots of hard work from the Global Youth Taskforce for Road Safety and key partners, the Assembly was a big success, bringing together a new wave of youth to take action in road safety and beyond. A major step forward in youth and road safety advocacy was the adoption of the Global Youth Statement for Road Safety.
On the 18th February 2020 more than 160 young leaders from 75 countries adopted the Global Youth Statement for Road Safety. The statement was based on the voices of 1500+ young people from around the world that took part in the Youth Consultations.
The statement was delivered during the World Youth Assembly by Global Youth Taskforce Member Allex Ayub from Africa and again during the World Ministerial Conference by World Youth Assembly (WYA) Co-Chairperson Omnia el Omrani from Egypt.
The youth statement resonates with the youth’s cry, exclaiming “enough is enough”. The statement highlights the reality of today’s generation being born in a global road safety crisis with the added challenge of global decision-makers facing the issue with silence, inaction, and exclusion of the youth.
We are calling on decision-makers to start listening to the millions of voices calling for safer roads and safer mobility. The statement presents the glaring threats young road users face from different regions. The youth calls decision-makers to make proactive policies on; badly designed road infrastructure, lack of education and awareness, poor regulation and enforcement, and poor public transportation systems among others. Crucially, it illustrates the power of young people to act as change agents for road safety, through meaningful participation in decision-making and committing to take action. Look out for our videos coming soon!