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Distracted Driving, Josh's Story - the real impact of a life lost

Distracted Driving, Josh's Story - the real impact of a life lost

The London Health Science Center in Ontario, Canada recently shared a heart wrenching story of distracted driving that profoundly affected a family in 2009. Josh, a popular and talented man young man was in the prime of his life, a life which was cut short in an instance because of distracted driving.

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Happy New Year! - let's make 2014 the year of action

Happy New Year! - let's make 2014 the year of action

Everybody at YOURS wishes you a big warm welcome to 2014 and as we say goodbye to the great year of 2013, we look ahead to a year of road safety action all across the world. Our mission to create a world where young people are safe on the roads is stronger than ever and the road safety flame burns strong, igniting new beacons of action around the world as we continue our work and look ahead to the new year.

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Update from the European Youth Forum for Road Safety

Update from the European Youth Forum for Road Safety

At the end of November, our European CORE Group Representative Mr. Axel Druart hosted and chaired the European Youth Forum for Road Safety (EYFRS) in partnrship with the province of Crotone, Italy. The forum is a regular European Event organized by Responsible Young Drivers Belgium and supported by the European Commission. We give you an update here!

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New Turkish road safety campaign warns of risks of speeding!

New Turkish road safety campaign warns of risks of speeding!

The World Health Organization and the Government of Turkey have launched a new campaign to prevent speeding on Turkey’s roads. “Think About Consequences, Slow Down Your Speed”, released under the banner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme, aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to speeding.

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Prince Michael Road Safety Awards - international winners

Prince Michael Road Safety Awards - international winners

HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO is Patron of the Commission for Global Road Safety. Since 1987 The Prince’s Awards have given public recognition to those who have improved road safety throughout Britain. Now the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards recognise outstanding achievement and innovation world-wide.

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Kenya Training of Facilitators is complete! Time for follow up...

Kenya Training of Facilitators is complete! Time for follow up...

On Friday 6th December the YOURS Training of Facilitators completed its two week programme in Nairobi, Kenya! The programme was an incredible success with 14 youth leaders from a range of local and national Kenyan NGOs trained on key road safety theory and facilitation skills.

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As many as 500,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries via RTIs

As many as 500,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries via RTIs

 As many as 500 000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year. People with spinal cord injuries are 2 to 5 times more likely to die prematurely, with worse survival rates in low- and middle-income countries. The new WHO report, "International perspectives on spinal cord injury", summarizes the best available evidence on the causes, prevention, care and lived experience of people with spinal cord injury.

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Kenya Training of Facilitators reaching its region of completion!

Kenya Training of Facilitators reaching its region of completion!

The Kenya Training of Facilitators hosted by the United Nations Evironment Programme (UNEP) held against the backdrop of the United Nations Office at Nairobi is reaching its final stages. The two week training programme has trained a group of 14 youth leaders from across Kenya who will, after the training completes on Friday, will run their own workshops sharing road safety awareness throughout the country reaching potentially thousands of young people in the country.

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Kenya Training of Facilitators off to an energetic and dynamic start!

Kenya Training of Facilitators off to an energetic and dynamic start!

Yesterday (Monday 25th November) saw the official launch of the YOURS Training of Facilitators at the stunning United Nations Office at Nairobi hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and share the road. Youth leaders specially selected came together to start a two week intensive road safety programme filled with interactive learning and the dynamism of the YOURS training experience.

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Training of Facilitators to kick off - Monday 25th Nov at United Nations

Training of Facilitators to kick off - Monday 25th Nov at United Nations

The YOURS Training of Facilitators, a core component of our Capacity Development Programme will kick of next week (Monday 25th November) at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, the headquaters of the United Nations in Africa. The training of facilitators will build on the work of last year's programmes with a new set of young Kenyan leaders who will go out and run their own workshops in their communities.

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Brian's Column: Destructive adverts and updates from Africa!

Brian's Column: Destructive adverts and updates from Africa!

In this edition of Brian's Column, we get an update of all things African road safety from the commemoration of the World Day of Remembrance and updates in the region as well as an exploration of adverts that detract from road safety messages. Check out Brian's Column for all the latest in African Youth and Road Safety issues!

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YOURS mentioned in UN Secretary General's report on road safety

YOURS mentioned in UN Secretary General's report on road safety

The Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki Moon published his report to the United Nations General Assembly in an update on global road safety. In that report, as well focusing on key areas of road safety action and challenge, is the mention of the work remaining to improve global road safety.

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Want safe roads for all? Ask your government to act at the UN!

Want safe roads for all? Ask your government to act at the UN!

The UN is currently consulting on which issues should be included in the post-2015 agenda. An important ‘Open Working Group’ meeting will take place in January 2014. Use the model letter and resources on this page to identify key policymakers in your country and ask them to ensure that safe and sustainable transport is included in the agenda. Specifically we are campaigning for a road safety target to be included in a Sustainable Transport or Health Goal.

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Slow Down, Speed Kills - A WHO campaign launches in Kenya

Slow Down, Speed Kills - A WHO campaign launches in Kenya

In collaboration with WHO, the Kenyan Ministries of Health and of Transport and Infrastructure jointly launched a national speed prevention campaign entitled Slow Down, Speed Kills. The campaign, which includes radio messaging and outdoor adverts on billboards, aims to raise awareness among motorists of the risks and potential consequences of speeding. The campaign is part of a WHO-led multi-year road safety promotion effort implemented as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Program.

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Commemorate the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Commemorate the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

This year the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) will take place on Sunday 17th November 2013. The day is celebrated each year by an increasing number of countries on every continent around the world. This day is dedicated to remembering the many millions killed or injured in road crashes and their families and communities, as well as to pay tribute to the dedicated emergency crews, police and medical professionals who daily deal with the traumatic aftermath of road death and injury.

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A Russia Update - innovative cultural campaigns for road safety

A Russia Update - innovative cultural campaigns for road safety

Our CORE Group Representative for Russia Mr Alexander Revskiy gave us an update on new road safety campaigns launched in Russia in 2013. The campaigns incorporate robust road safety messages alongside iconic cultural branding such as the globally recognised matryoshka doll. We check out some of the great examples of innovative road safety campaigns coming out of Russia this year

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New WHO Manual - strengthen laws in your country and save lives

New WHO Manual - strengthen laws in your country and save lives

Comprehensive road safety legislation—which incorporates evidence-based measures and strict and appropriate penalties, backed by consistent, sustained enforcement and public education—has been proven to reduce road traffic injuries and fatalities. We call this the road safety 'system' and young people have a major role to play in preventing crashes by becoming safe road users and advocating for road safety laws. Find out how you could use this manual to make an impact in your country for road safety.

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Walk this way: pedestrian road safety must be stepped up worldwide

Walk this way: pedestrian road safety must be stepped up worldwide

In its continued feature on global road safety in partnership with the Road Safety Fund, the Guardian publishes is latest article on Global Road Safety in Focus as part of their development features. This article focuses on the latest international push for pedestrian safety. More than 270,000 pedestrians are killed on the roads each year. Transport policy should pay more attention to their needs

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Key partners are supporting the second Kenya Training of Facilitators

Key partners are supporting the second Kenya Training of Facilitators

Last year, we run the first Kenya Training of Facilitators in Nairobi, Kenya with a group of talented youth leaders from around the country who went on to reach hundreds of young people in person and thousands of young people via the ripple effect. This year our key partners, Michelin, Tom Tom, UNEP, Share the Road, Kenya Red Cross, ASIRT Kenya and more local NGOs are supporting the second training of facilitators taking place next month (November 2013) at the United Nations Campus, Nairobi, Kenya.

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Fixers Feature: Abi Phillips - Are young people dying to drive?

Fixers Feature: Abi Phillips - Are young people dying to drive?

We recently featured an article about Fixers, a unique UK based campaigning platform that gives young people the opportunity to tackle issues they feel passionate about. The forum, entitled 'Road Savvy' was a unique dialogue between passionate youth road safety advocates and decision makers. The young people involved in the event showed relentless energy and determination for road safety for a multitude of personal reasons and we were so impressed by their passion that we have teamed up with Fixers to spotlight each road safety campaigner. We continue our feature with the story of Abi Phillips.

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