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An update from Kenya: Road safety passion still strong in our participants!

An update from Kenya: Road safety passion still strong in our participants!

It has been six months since we ran the full two week programme of the Training of Facilitators in Nairobi Kenya. The interactive, intensive and practical training gave 11 Kenyan leaders in road safety the opportunity to become trained facilitators and run training sessions with their peers on road safety risk factors facing them in their country. Now, six months on, we have reflect on the training and hear from a few of our participants.

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Brian's Column: The ‘Marry Me’ trick to road safety funding

Brian's Column: The ‘Marry Me’ trick to road safety funding

In many parts of the world, coupling road safety with other occasions can offer a great opportunity for partnerships! In this column, Brian talks about joining forces with organizations around a time that they are drawing up their financial budgets and wanting to invest in youth orientated road safety work!

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Vote for road safety and better transport in the UN Global Survey

Vote for road safety and better transport in the UN Global Survey

MY World is a global survey for citizens led by the United Nations. It aims to capture people's voices, priorities and views, so that global leaders can be informed as they begin the process of defining a new development agenda for the world. The global road safety community insist that road safety and better transport should be on this global agenda and you can vote to make it happen!

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Update from North America - NOYS celebrate activities for road safety

Update from North America - NOYS celebrate activities for road safety

Our new CORE Group Member for North America, Ms Emily Reynolds has swung into full action in her new position and is already making great strides in expanding our Global Youth Network in her region. As a representative of NOYS, the National Organization for Youth Safety in America, Emily gives us an update on recent activites from the region.

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Caribbean Development Bank Road Safety Library - available to access

Caribbean Development Bank Road Safety Library - available to access

The Caribbean Development Bank has made its library of resources and data relating to road safety available for our youth network and all those interested to access. It includes a unique access code to enable people to access a wealth of information on global road safety, road safety in the Caribbean region and a range of reports. It serves as a great database to find information on road safety for free.

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7th PIN Report: Road crashes in Europe are down with more to be done

7th PIN Report: Road crashes in Europe are down with more to be done

The annual  report from Road Safety Performance (PIN) Index conducted by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) is out and highlights that road traffic crashes in Europe have been reduced by 9% in comparison to 3% in 2011. While many lives have been saved, there is still much more to be done, especially in tackling the disproportionate amount of males being killed on the road.

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Spotlight On: Georgia Alliance for Safe Roads - multi platform projects

Spotlight On: Georgia Alliance for Safe Roads - multi platform projects

Every so often, we like to pick out great examples of road safety action with young people and feature them on our website. This year we have had lots of new members from Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and beyond and it gives us great pleasure to share more information about network members to our global audience. In this spotlight we focus on the Georgia Alliance for Safe Roads from the Country of Georgia.

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Take part in a LIVE webinar on youth and road safety - RTIRN

Take part in a LIVE webinar on youth and road safety - RTIRN

Today (17th June 2013) The Road Traffic Injuries and Research Network (RTIRN) will be hosting a special webinar focusing on the theme, "Youth for Road Safety: Engaging hearts, minds and evidence". YOURS director, Floor Lieshout will present alongside Dr. Shanthi Ameratunga. This webinar is open for all to view live and we invite you all to come along and join us!

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Creative distracted driving advert from Australia - Get Your Hands Off It

Creative distracted driving advert from Australia - Get Your Hands Off It

Transport New South Wales, Australia have released a new advert campaign focusing on distracted driving themed, 'Get Your Hands Off It' featuring comedian and film maker Derek Anderson. The advert is a tongue-in-cheek video that is presented as a spoof music video and raising awareness of distracted driving in an alternative and creative manner.

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Speed cameras reduce serious road crashes - The Guardian UK

Speed cameras reduce serious road crashes - The Guardian UK

Speed cameras are a contentious subject and many believe that they operate to make money rather than save lives, however, as a strict area for enforcement of speed limits, cameras are said to save many lives according to a new report by the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) in the UK. RAC study shows serious collisons dropped 27% and if cameras were switched off a further 80 lives would be lost each year.

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Young Innovators Competition 2013 from ITU - are you an innovator?

Young Innovators Competition 2013 from ITU - are you an innovator?

The International Telecomminications Union (ITU) run an annual ITU World Telecom summit and this year, as part of their mission to find solutions to complex global issues through technology, call upon young innovators to address key issues. As part of those issues, young people are invited to address the road safety crisis through technology! If you're interested read on!

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Brian's Column: Community focused post-crash care can save lives!

Brian's Column: Community focused post-crash care can save lives!

Brian is back with his June column on the importance of the public being trained in basic first aid and post-crash care in low and middle-income countries. In places where roads are less accessible and post-crash vehicles are less readily available, Brian argues that a community focused approach to being able to handle injuries in the first instance can dramatically save lives.

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Check out our video on the recent training in Saint Lucia - VYBZING

Check out our video on the recent training in Saint Lucia - VYBZING

On 15-17th May 2013, YOURS partnered with the Caribbean Development Bank and the Government of Saint Lucia to run the VYBZING Forum on the topic of youth and road safety. The three day forum was a highly interactive workshop and at the end the participants left the forum as road safety advocates and ambassadors ready to create their own proposals for a road safety project in Saint Lucia. Check out our video of the event!

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Youth flashmob for road safety takes place in Athens, Greece

Youth flashmob for road safety takes place in Athens, Greece

As part of the Second UN Global Road Safety Week a flashmob was organized in Syntagma Square, Greece and promoted the message "Stop Road Crashes". The stunt was organized in Athens by the Hellenic Road Safety Institute (I.O.A.S) - RSI Panos Mylonas with the support of the European Comission and the European Youth Forum for Road Safety.

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Some highlights for the Long Short Walk from our youth network!

Some highlights for the Long Short Walk from our youth network!

One of the key pillars of our activities here at YOURS is to unite young people all around the world. We aim to bring those incredible youth organizations, individuals, projects and campaigns around the world together to unite as one strong voice for road safety. Once again, this was visible in the our global youth and road safety network's involvement in the campaign for the Second United Nations Road Safety Week; The Long Short Walk.

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VYBZING Animated Video Challenge on road safety: winners announced

VYBZING Animated Video Challenge on road safety: winners announced

As part of the VYBZING Forum of 2013, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) via their youth outreach programme set an introduction to the forum by initiating an 'animated video challenge' to the youth of Saint Lucia to create educational videos on the theme of road safety. The challenge was undertaken by the youth and the winners have been announced.

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Reporting back from Saint Lucia - VYBZING Forum

Reporting back from Saint Lucia - VYBZING Forum

On 15-17th May 2013, YOURS partnered with the Caribbean Development Bank and the Government of Saint Lucia to run the VYBZING Forum on the topic of youth and road safety. The three day forum was a highly interactive workshop and at the end the participants left the forum as road safety advocates and ambassadors ready to create their own proposals for a road safety project in Saint Lucia.

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Partnership with Caribbean Development Bank - VYBZING

Partnership with Caribbean Development Bank - VYBZING

The VYBZING Forum is an annual youth event coordinated by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Ministries of Government, Development Institutions and Youth Organizations. The forum is hosted throughout the Caribbean and this year, CDB Youth have partnered with YOURS to deliver a Youth and Road Safety Workshop within the framework of VYBZING in St Lucia.

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Check out our first photos from the Long Short Walk

Check out our first photos from the Long Short Walk

This week is all about the call for safe roads for pedestrian safety all around the world. The Long Short Walk has had massive participation from all around the world and we are happy to share our first set of photos from our Global Youth Network for Road Safety! They illustrate vibrancy and the enthusiasm of youth and you can see them here!

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Mark the 2nd UN Global Road Safety Week 6-12 May 2013

Mark the 2nd UN Global Road Safety Week 6-12 May 2013

This week marks the 2nd United Nations Global Road Safety Week which calls for pedestrian safety all around the world. Requested by the UN General Assembly, the Week will draw attention to the urgent need to better protect pedestrians worldwide, generate action on the measures needed to do so, and contribute to achieving the goal of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 to save 5 million lives.

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