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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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Shell China publishes road safety micro movie – In China, For China‏

Shell China publishes road safety micro movie – In China, For China‏

Our friends at Shell Oil recently shared their latest road safety project with us; a road safety film that has been produced with Shell workers to highlight the issue of road safety. It tells the touching tale of a young girl named Wei-Wei, who waited for her father to come home on her birthday and ends with some top tips of road safety. It is a poignant and unique approach in engaging the workforce of an company to promote road safety for the 'human' reasons; preventing heartache and loss caused by road traffic crashes.

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European Night Without Accident takes place on 19th October

European Night Without Accident takes place on 19th October

The European Night Without Accident was created in Belgium to aim towards a night of 'zero' fatalities related to drink and drug driving. Spearheaded by the Responsibile Young Drivers organization, the night has been extended to all European Union countries over the past ten years with the support of the European Commission and will take place this Saturday 19th October all across the continent.

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Targeting taxi drivers in LMICs can save young lives - a Kenya example

Targeting taxi drivers in LMICs can save young lives - a Kenya example

We highlight a recent article by The Guardian with our own experience on the topic of road safety measures targeting taxi drivers in low and middle-income countries. As part of their focus on global road safety development the Guardian place a focus on a new UN Habitat report calling upon stakeholders to regulate the 'informal taxi industry' and we share our experience of our how our young Kenyan facilitators are engaging with this industry through their own workshops.

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Rapping road safety! A ‘Krazy’ first targeting young drivers - Australia

Rapping road safety! A ‘Krazy’ first targeting young drivers - Australia

A brand new campaign from the Motor Accident Commission (MAC Australia) recently launched a clever two part video campaign that tells the story of 'Krazy K', a wannabe rapper from Adelaide, Australia who loses his license after being caught for speeding. His rap shows his attempts at making light of the situation, which has actually had a massive impact on his life; losing friends, his job, his girlfriend and his freedom. Check out this comedic and tongue-in-cheek video.

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A chance to register for: Panel Debate - Target Youth: Mobile & Safe

A chance to register for: Panel Debate - Target Youth: Mobile & Safe

If you are around Brussels, Belgium on the 12th November 2013, or if you want to attend this special youth panel debate, an open invitation is presented to you here! The debate is focused on youth and road safety issues in a European context and will include our own Axl Druart (CORE Group Europe representative) and YOURS Director Floor Lieshout. 

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Brian's Column: Get road safety on the agenda - development depends on it!

Brian's Column: Get road safety on the agenda - development depends on it!

As a public health champion, Brian has flown the flag of global road safety in a range of settings but in this article, he explains how sometimes, road safety is often neglected from the development agenda. He explains his take on in and why road safety is crucial to development all around the world - especially Africa.

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Youth and road safety conference to take place in Abu Dhabi

Youth and road safety conference to take place in Abu Dhabi

An international conference with the theme "Youth and Road Safety ... Challenges and Solutions" takes place in Abu Dhabi on November 27 to 28, 2013. A conference organized by The Emirates Traffic Safety Society (ETSS), La Prévention Routière International (PRI) and Arab Road Safety Organization (AROSO). 

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Youth declarations for road safety now available to view in one place!

Youth declarations for road safety now available to view in one place!

In past years, YOURS has authored several youth declarations for road safety giving youth around the world a robust advocacy document to push for road safety at a governmental level. As we know, road safety is a multisectoral issue, meaning many of the different groups in society are required to work together to tackle different elements of road safety. With these declarations, young people have been able to lobby decision makers and open dialogue with those in power as well as their peers. We have now placed all declarations centrally available to view.

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Calling for safe and sustainable transport post-2015 - UN

Calling for safe and sustainable transport post-2015 - UN

Safe and sustainable transport must be part of the post-2015 development agenda, a High Level Session organised by UN-DESA, UN-HABITAT and the Ford Foundation was told. The session, which coincided with the opening of the UN General Assembly was led by the Prime Minister of Jamaica Portia Simpson-Miller, Zoleka Mandela, granddaughter of Nelson Mandela and global road safety campaigner, double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Dmitry Maksimychev. It was part of a Global Consultation on Sustainable Transport running over two days.

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The normal texts that cost real lives - a focus in Australia

The normal texts that cost real lives - a focus in Australia

We know that texting while driving is a serious threat facing the safety of young people everywhere. Texting behind the wheel requires a high level of concentration that takes our mind off the road with potentially tragic consquences. This is the case in an Australian focus where very 'normal' everyday text messages have taken the attention of drivers off the road for those split seconds leading to tragic crashes. These texts are seemingly innocent but reading them behind the wheel has had disastrous consequences. This study serves as a chilling reminder of the danger of texting and driving.

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Fixers Feature: Jordan Bone - A reminder to think twice

Fixers Feature: Jordan Bone - A reminder to think twice

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 start with the inspiring story of Jordan Bone.

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