Back in 2009, YOURS launched itself on the global stage at the First Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in hosted by the Russian Federation in Moscow, Russia. Since then, we have seen some remarkable developments for global road safety. As the follow up to this event takes place in November in Brasilia, Brazil, YOURS is pushing for a youth-led side event on Children and Road Safety.
April 2014, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) welcomed the Brazilian Government's offer to host the 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety through a resolution entitled “Improving Global Road Safety”. The Conference will take place in Brasilia, Brazil on 18-19 November 2015, during the week in which many groups around the world mark the annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. It is estimated that the Conference will bring together over 1,500 participants from 150 countries, among them Ministers of Health, Cities, Transport, and Interior; senior officials from United Nations agencies; representatives of civil society; and business leaders.
This 2nd Conference is inspired by and follows the 1st Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, held in Russia in 2009, which gathered more than 70 ministers and 1,500 participants from around the world. The main outcome was a Declaration urging the United Nations to call for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. Launched officially in May 2011, the Decade of Action aims at saving 5 million lives during this ten-year period. The 2nd Conference is a reaction to a serious public health problem that affects countries socially and economically, in particular low- and middle-income countries.
In 2009, YOURS led a delegation to Moscow to ensure youth and road safety issues were focused on at the event.
The 2nd Conference is timely, in that it takes place during the final negotiations of the goals which will be set as part of the post-2015 development agenda. It will also be an opportunity for Member States to exchange information and experiences on best practices in road safety. Delegates will review progress in implementation of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 and identify concretely how to achieve its stated goal. It is a unique moment to bring a new impetus to the Decade of Action at its mid-point – a time to reaffirm commitments and propose new strategies for the next five years, in light of the scenario that should emerge from discussions on the new Sustainable Development Goals.
Main discussion items include:
Side events are to be organized at the 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety with a view to sharing experiences and increasing opportunities for informal dialogue among the meetings’ participants. YOURS along with a group of international partners is proposing a side event on Children and Youth.
Globally, 1000 young people under the age of 25 die every day on the roads. Road traffic injuries are the biggest killer for young people aged 10-24 years.
A broad coalition of organizations proposes a side event with a focus on road safety for children and youth. The side event will give delegates to the conference the opportunity to delve deeper into the road safety crisis facing children and youth. It will explore the actionable steps that Ministers, civil society, foundations and the private sector could and should take to create a future generation of road safety conscious young people to ultimately save lives. This event has been proposed to the organizers of the Brasilia event.
Objectives will include: