The Global Youth Coalition for Road Safety has launched its second round of Global Youth Consultations. With the Global Youth Statement for Road Safety, young people have the tool to lead the road safety revolution and help them take action for safe and sustainable mobility everywhere. The consultations will help young people implement the Global Youth Statement by localizing the challenges, demands, and commitments of young people all over the world.
The youth consultations
The first round of youth consultations was held late in 2018 before the 2nd World Youth Assembly. It collected more than 1,500 youth voices from 54 countries and identified key issues young people were experiencing when it came to road safety in their respective regions.
The first youth consultations culminated into the Global Youth Statement for Road Safety – a document that lists the demands and commitments of youth from all over the world, focusing on issues around safe roads and sustainable mobility.
The second round of consultations is about letting youth know that their voices have been heard and that it is time to start leading the change for a safer world for young people. With the Global Youth Statement, youth can take real action for safe and sustainable mobility everywhere.
The second round of consultations has the following goal;
Why are the consultations important?
The Global Youth Statement for Road Safety was released during the 2nd WYA for Road Safety, a pre-event for the Global Ministerial Conference for Road Safety. World leaders have begun prioritizing road safety on a global scale.
Earlier this year, the United Nations released a resolution declaring the new Decade of Action because the first decade was not able to meet Sustainable Development Goal Target 3.6 – halving the number of road-related deaths and injuries by the year 2020. The new decade extends the deadline to 2030.
Road crashes kill around 1.35 million people worldwide and injure 20 million to 50 million more. 90% of road crashes occur in low and middle-income countries where young people are the most affected.
During the end of the 3rd Ministerial Conference for Road Safety, held last 19-20 February 2020, YOURS – Youth for Road Safety Project Manager, Raquel Barrios, gave a speech calling on leaders to act and prioritize road safety and sustainable mobility.
Learn more about the youth consultations by going to the Coalition website!