London, UK. We are delighted to announce that the Global Youth Coalition for Road Safety has been awarded the prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award. The Global Youth Coalition was recognized through the achievement and impact of the 2nd World Youth Assembly for Road Safety and the visibility of young people at the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference for Road Safety in Stockholm, Sweden in 2020.
The Prince Michael International Road Safety Award is an annual award presented to organizations and individuals who have outstanding achievements in improving global road safety.
In a letter of congratulations, the Prince wrote, “It was a pleasure to be able to meet some of you in Stockholm early last year and to learn of the success of the Youth Assembly at the Ministerial Meeting. I was therefore delighted to learn of this success and the subsequent of the Global Youth Coalition for Road Safety. This achievement is notable and its rapid development impressive with enormous potential to make a real impact during the new decade of action”.
On the award, YOURS - Youth for Road Safety Executive Director Floor Lieshout said, “We at YOURS are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded a second Prince Michael Award for Road Safety. We would like to dedicate this award to the amazing young people who made the Assembly and Coalition a reality. Young people will play an enormous role in contributing to the achievement of the targets of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030. I would like to express my gratitude to all our amazing partners making this possible, especially the Michelin Corporate Foundation, TotalEnergies Foundation, the FIA Foundation, and the World Health Organization,”
Raquel Barrios, Projects Director at YOURS, also says “We are beyond honored for being awarded with such an esteemed prize in the road safety field. Since the Assembly and the creation of the Youth Coalition for Road Safety, YOURS has been interacting with +700 young leaders from 103 countries. It is impressive to see the work that they are doing on the ground to change their realities. I am sure that this Award will fuel them with energy and enthusiasm to keep demanding and delivering road safety until none of their peers die on the world’s roads”.
By creating a platform for young people the Youth Coalition has amplified the impact young people are making for road safety and sustainable mobility. The most notable milestones of the Coalition include creating a robust support structure (resources, capacity development, and partnerships) for the members and the establishment of various youth leadership groups at its core. For example, the Youth Leadership Board is in charge of the overall strategy and development of the Coalition and the regional leaders who are focal points for the network within their regions.
On these achievements, WYA co-chairperson and now Youth Leadership Board Member Thiago Gruner from Brazil says “This award is an enormous recognition of the energy and commitment of the world's youth to make our streets and roads safer and to save lives. Prince Michael thus shows his confidence in the work of the Youth Coalition, and also recognizes the potential that youth have if we are given a place at the decision-making table. May it serve as a push for all young people, and as a message to decision-makers that we are claiming our space!”
“I wish you all continuing success with this campaign and the launch of the new Decade of Action” - HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO
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Notes to Editors
Because of current restrictions, winners will not be able to meet to celebrate this milestone at the usual luncheon at The Savoy but will celebrate with its members online.
About YOURS - Youth for Road Safety
YOURS has been the initiator of the 2nd World Youth Assembly for Road Safety and the Global Youth Coalition for Road Safety. This is YOURS’ second award from HRH Prince Michael of Kent. The first was presented in 2017 for its Capacity Development Programme that has inspired and empowered young people to take meaningful action in their communities and beyond.
More info on YOURS - Youth for Road Safety: www.youthforroadsafety.org
More info on the World Youth Assembly: www.wyaroadsafety.org
More info about the Global Youth Coalition for Road Safety: www.claimingourspace.org