From June 25 to the 27th, the First Meeting of the Eastern Mediterranean Region for Road Safety Legislators took place in Muscat, Oman. The forum reunited around 40 regional legislators and health leaders from more than 20 countries to discuss leadership, legislation and data.
The meeting coincided with the Fifth UN Global Road Safety Week, which carries the theme: “Leadership for road safety”. The opportunity of the meeting was used to share the updated road safety data from the Region and how this data could inform the road safety legislative process taking into account specific issues relating to adolescents and youth.
For this reason, YOURS was invited to share our vision and experience in meaningful youth participation in the decision-making process of policymaking in road safety.
Raquel Barrios, Project Manager of the 2nd World Youth Assembly for Road Safety, shared not only different methodologies on how to involve youth in the decision-making process but also tangible and concrete experiences where those methodologies were applied and are now having outstanding results in terms of youth empowerment and a decrease road crashes with youth.
In addition, Raquel was able to extend a formal invitation to the 2nd World Youth Assembly for Road Safety, that will take place in Stockholm, Sweden on February 18, 2020. The Assembly will bring together around 200 young leaders from around the World and empower them with new skills and knowledge in road safety. It will provide an opportunity for youth to begin mapping the ways in which they can take action in their countries through advocacy and campaigning in road safety. We invited legislators and delegates from the Eastern Mediterranean region to invite youth delegations to attend the Assembly, represent their countries and actively participate in the Assembly.
A former young leader from Oman also shared his previous experience with the regional chapter of young leaders in road safety that was actively participating in developing various advocacy campaigns and activities to raise awareness in road safety.