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Updates from Training of Facilitators - Belmopan, Belize

Updates from Training of Facilitators - Belmopan, Belize

'The YOURS Training officially kicked off on Monday 16th June 2014 and is off to an incredibly dynamic, engaging and informative start', say our participants. The training sees 19 young leaders, specially selected by the Government of Belize to partake in the two week training and subsequently reach over 2000 young Belizeans.

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Training of Faciliators to kick off in Belize, Caribbean with youth leaders

Training of Faciliators to kick off in Belize, Caribbean with youth leaders

We are very excited to kick off the first Training of Facilitators in Belmopan, Belize tomorrow (16th June) the second road safety training run by YOURS and in the Caribbean region. The training is coordinated by the Government of Belize (GOBZ) with a grant from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and is set to train 18 young leaders in youth and road safety issues who will subsequently reach over 2000 young people in the coming year.

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Reporting back from the ECOSOC Youth Forum - NYC

Reporting back from the ECOSOC Youth Forum - NYC

In New York, the third annual ECOSOC Youth Forum concluded with a Global Youth Call being presented to Member States. Endorsed by more than 1,000 youth and civil society organizations from some 140 countries, the Global Youth Call is an emerging global consensus on concrete proposals for target areas on youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Forty speakers from the floor provided their comments and reflections on the consolidated document.

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Road safety target in zero draft of Post-2015 Development Agenda!

Road safety target in zero draft of Post-2015 Development Agenda!

We are very excited to share that a specific road safety goal has been mentioned in the zero draft in the "Introduction and proposed goals and targets on sustainable development for the Post-2015 Development Agenda". The international road safety community, under the great leadership of FIA Foundation, has been working tirelessly to ensure that a specific target for safe and sustainable transport is mentioned in the coming agenda and this zero draft is a good sign of things to come, although the work does not stop here. Let's keep it in!

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Eggs on Weed - Don't Drive High campaign from Canada

Eggs on Weed - Don't Drive High campaign from Canada

A new campaign from Arrive Alive Drive Sober and Ontario Student’s Against Impaired Driving (OSAID) gives focus to the use of cannabis while driving. It has been developed to address cannabis use and driving for youth in Ontario. Eggs On Weed just like to chill out and crack jokes. See what happens when they take their party on the road.

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Kill your speed, not your mates - New TfL campaign for young people

Kill your speed, not your mates - New TfL campaign for young people

The shocking consequences of speeding are brought home to young drivers as part of Transport for London (TfL’s) latest road safety campaign. A new advert depicting a young man confronting the tragic outcome of showing off while driving will screen in cinemas and on the XBox Dashboard for the next eight weeks.

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Save the Date! Third UN Global Road Safety Week 4-10 May 2015

Save the Date! Third UN Global Road Safety Week 4-10 May 2015

On 10 April 2014 a new UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution - "Improving global road safety" - requested WHO and the UN regional commissions to facilitate organization of the Third UN Global Road Safety Week in 2015. WHO and the regional commissions are pleased to announce that the Week will be held 4 - 10 May 2015 and the theme will be children and road safety.

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Toyota Teams up with Taylor Swift for First ASEAN Road Safety Campaign

Toyota Teams up with Taylor Swift for First ASEAN Road Safety Campaign

Celebrities, singers and famous faces are no stranger to the world of global road safety. The Decade of Action Campaign has seen support from hundreds of high profiles and the latest to join the list of safety conscious celebrities is global pop sensation, Taylor Swift. She teams up with Toyota for a South East Asia Road Safety Campaign!

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Petitioning The Prime Minister of India - Road Safety in Delhi

Petitioning The Prime Minister of India - Road Safety in Delhi

Change.org is the world's largest petition platform, empowering people everywhere to create the change they want to see. A new petition set up by students at IIT New Dehli petitions the Prime Minister of India and calls upon all people in all countries to sign up and help raise awareness of road safety in the country and beyond.

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Continuing Post-2015 road safety mission at ECOSOC Youth Forum NYC

Continuing Post-2015 road safety mission at ECOSOC Youth Forum NYC

Building on our multiplatform push for road safety to be recognized and included in the youth priorities of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, our work continues at the United Nations' Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth forum which will take place at the United Nations HQ, New York City, United States. The forum takes place on 2nd-3rd June 2014 building on previous consultations for youth priorities for the Post-2015 Agenda.

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Brian's Column: Does your organisation have a birthday?

Brian's Column: Does your organisation have a birthday?

Our regular columnist Mr Brian Bilal Mwebaze is back focusing on the recent 50 year celebrations of Uganda Red Cross since its birth. The organization has used this big milestone to work on road safety initiatives around the country and Brian explores how you can use your organization's birthday as a platform for action!

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YOURS endorses UNSG Youth Envoy's Global Call on Youth Post-2015

YOURS endorses UNSG Youth Envoy's Global Call on Youth Post-2015

The objective of the GPY2015 partnership is to ensure that young people are actively participating in setting, implementing, and evaluating the new development agenda due to replace the MDGs in 2015. This partnership offers a unique platform for all stakeholders working on youth development to express their views, and help identify specific targets and indicators for youth empowerment, which could feature in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

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Millions still die on roads every year - an Akili Initative viewpoint

Millions still die on roads every year - an Akili Initative viewpoint

The Akili Initiative is an oranization that focuses on public health issues facing young people on a global scale . Akili has become the emerging voice of students in global health and focus on road safety as the primary health concern facing young people. Read their article on road traffic injury here.

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Uganda Red Cross embarks on boda-boda sensitization for road safety

Uganda Red Cross embarks on boda-boda sensitization for road safety

Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) is set to sensitize boda-boda riders countrywide on road safety and First Aid treatment, the vice chairman of the central governing board of URCS, Dr. Dominic Lali has announced. Our resident columinst at YOURS - Brian Bilal Mwebaze works with the Uganda Red Cross who are currently spearheading road safety campaigns in the country and as a beacon of action for Africa.

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WHO calls for stronger focus on adolescent health - RTIs recognized

WHO calls for stronger focus on adolescent health - RTIs recognized

WHO's "Health for the world’s adolescents" report reveals that depression is the predominant cause of illness and disability for both boys and girls aged 10 to 19 years. The top 3 causes of adolescent deaths globally are road traffic injuries, HIV/AIDS, and suicide. Worldwide, an estimated 1.3 million adolescents died in 2012. This new report recognised road traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for young people the world over and a considerable health burden facing youth.

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WCY2014 Sri Lanka- Biggest killer of youth still to be recognized

WCY2014 Sri Lanka- Biggest killer of youth still to be recognized

From the 5th – 10th May 2014, the biggest youth conference in the world brought together young people from over 170 countries and took place on the foot of the Indian Ocean in the ‘Wonder of Asia’ Sri Lanka. The event carried the tagline of ‘Mainstreaming Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda’ and served as one of the principal methods of hearing young people’s voices in the next development agenda moving beyond Millennium Development Goals.

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RTIRN seeking contributions: NGO's and RTI

RTIRN seeking contributions: NGO's and RTI

The Road traffic Injuries Research Network (RTIRN) is a partnership of over 1083 individuals and institutions from 113 countries. They are now starting the process of putting together their July-September Newsletter dedicated to “NGO’s and RTI” and they are seeking contributions.

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YOURS to attend World Conference on Youth - Sri Lanka

YOURS to attend World Conference on Youth - Sri Lanka

Our advocacy pillar has a clear goal; to ensure youth and road safety issues are placed high on international agendas around the world and given the attention it deserves as the number one killer of young people aged 15-29 globally. This is our strategy as a member of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration and our continued efforts to push for road safety to be recognised as a Post-2015 Development Agenda focus.

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VYBZING Forum update: Chousiel Youth & Sports Council project

VYBZING Forum update: Chousiel Youth & Sports Council project

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) illustrate their real commitment to youth and road safety. They have awarded a USD10,000 grant to Choiseul Youth and Sports Council, Choiseul, St. Lucia to implement a road safety project in their district. The grant award follows a challenge issued by the Bank in May of this year to participants in its VYBZING Youth Forum in St. Lucia, to prepare and submit proposals for community-based projects for funding consideration, centred around last year’s VYBZING theme, “Road Safety: Save a Life, Save a Future.”

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Klosters Guide to Bike Safety - Infographic from Australia

Klosters Guide to Bike Safety - Infographic from Australia

Our friends at Klosters, one of Australia's leading car dealership recently shared their new bike safety initiative to raise awareness about the cause. Their infographic gives a low down on the increase in road traffic crashes and the particular risk of the roads faced by bike riders. Check it out here.

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