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Brian's Column: What will YOU do in the Global Road Safety Week?

Brian's Column: What will YOU do in the Global Road Safety Week?

This week is all about the UN Global Road Safety Week and Brian writes about his recent experiences exploring why this week is so important. As a global community fighting for road safety, we must unite in this week and promote pedestrian safety everywhere! Come along and read Brian's column here.

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Announcing our new CORE Group member for North America!

Announcing our new CORE Group member for North America!

We are very excited to announce that we have a new CORE Group Representative for the North American region. Ms Emily Reynolds will replace outgoing member Ms Jennifer Heatley who has worked with YOURs since its inception in 2007. Emily is a vibrant and passionate road safety advocate and will take over the reigns for the coordination of the North American Region.

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One week left to take part in the Long Short Walk at YOURS!

One week left to take part in the Long Short Walk at YOURS!

The Second United Nations Global Road Safety Week begins next week (6th May 2013) and the theme is pedestrian safety. To promote safe walking all around the world, the Long Short Walk initiated by the Zenani Mandela Campaign has been taken up by organizations all around the world. Here at YOURS we are mobilizing our Global Youth Network for Road Safety to take part as united force for advocacy. There is now ONE WEEK left to take part and send in your pictures!

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Responsbile Young Drivers Test wins Youth Category at global film festival

Responsbile Young Drivers Test wins Youth Category at global film festival

Videos were sent in from around the world for the Global Road Safety Film Festival coordinated by LASER International with the youth category established in collaboration with YOURS. Videos sent in were of incredibly high quality and showed that young people create great videos to educate their peers, however, only one video could take the number one spot and it went to the youtube sensation that is, 'The Impossible Texting While Driving Test' video by Responsible Young Drivers.

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A poster series from WHO for the 2nd UN Road Safety Week

A poster series from WHO for the 2nd UN Road Safety Week

The Second United Nations Global Road Safety Week takes place on 6-12 May 2013 and is focused on pedestrian safety. Alongside international initiatives to promote safe walking with the launch of the Long Short Walk and a call for safer pedestrian spaces worldwide, a free poster series has been published by the World Health Organization for use during the week and beyond.

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World Health Organization launch Pedestrian Safety Manual

World Health Organization launch Pedestrian Safety Manual

Each year, more than 270,000 pedestrians lose their lives on the world's roads, while millions are left with injuries or permanent disabilities.  Pedestrian safety: a road safety manual for decision-makers and practitioners, jointly developed by WHO, the FIA Foundation, the Global Road Safety Partnership and the World Bank, and many experts from around the world, provides practical information on how to plan, implement and evaluate a pedestrian safety programme.

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Global Road Safety Film Festival - Youth Category selection begins

Global Road Safety Film Festival - Youth Category selection begins

Thank you to all participants who submitted their road safety films to the Youth Category of the Global Road Safety Film Festival 2013. There were videos sent in from all across the world from Russia to Africa, from UK to Canada. The jury will meet tomorrow (23rd April 2013) and select the best film for Wednesday's Global Road Safety Film Festival.

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The Caravane movie is now live - road safety in 7 West African countries!

The Caravane movie is now live - road safety in 7 West African countries!

On the 15th October 2012, the Caravane began its 50 day journey across 7 UEMOA (Economic Union in West Africa) taking road safety to hundreds of thousands of young people. Alongside the project, volunteers captured the key stages of the event of video and YOURS was tasked with the production of the Caravane Movie which is now available to view now.

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YOURS trained facilitators begin their youth workshops in Kenya

YOURS trained facilitators begin their youth workshops in Kenya

In late November last year, YOURS worked with a group of inspiring youth leaders in Nairobi, Kenya and trained them to become road safety peer-educators and advocates. Since then, the freshly trained youth leaders have been planning their own workshops to reach out to young people in their country and started training youth in different regions of Kenya!

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Road safety updates from Asia - GRSP Asia Road Safety Seminar 2013

Road safety updates from Asia - GRSP Asia Road Safety Seminar 2013

The 6th GRSP Asia Seminar and iRAP workshop took place in Manila, Philippines from 1st-4th April 2013 and offered an update on road saftey from the Asian continent. This year’s seminar brought together more than 150 participants from all over Asia and other regions. The seminar provided the opportunity to build and strengthen networks for future planning and implementation of road safety initiatives.

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Brian's Column: The use of the social media revolution in road safety

Brian's Column: The use of the social media revolution in road safety

Brian is back with a new column on the use of social media in road safety. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and so forth offer a unique place to reach our target audience with road safety messages although it does pose some challenges too. Read what Brian thinks about the social media revolution in Africa here.

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Free online training in road safety from Johns Hopkins International

Free online training in road safety from Johns Hopkins International

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit is pleased to announce that their free online certificate training program, 'Road Traffic Injury Prevention and Control in Low and Middle-Income Countries (RTIP) is now live and ready to be used right now! This new online training offers an insight into road safety around the world and inclues multimedia and lectures to train all interested for FREE.

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Deadline EXTENDED for Global Film Festival - Youth Category

Deadline EXTENDED for Global Film Festival - Youth Category

The deadline for the LASER International Global Film Festival closes. The deadline has been extended to 20th April 2013 (for free) to the Youth Category of the festival. If you've created a film for road safety, now is your chance to get international recognition from the global road safety community for your work.

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3rd Global Meeting of NGOs for road safety takes place this week

3rd Global Meeting of NGOs for road safety takes place this week

The 3rd Global meeting of NGOs advocating for road safety and road traffic victims is taking place this week (Thursday 4th April 2013) in Antalya, Turkey. The alliance represents over 90 countries advocating all areas of road safety and this meeting offers an opportunity to meet and continue the movement for road safety around the world. 

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Register your Long Short Walk with this innovative pledge counter

Register your Long Short Walk with this innovative pledge counter

The world is gearing up for the Second United Nations Global Road Safety Week taking place on 6-12 May 2013. The theme for the week is pedestrian safety and alongside events planned to call for safer pedestrian access globally, the Long Short Walk campaign, running now, is being coordinated around the world. To add to the contribution, YOURS, along with partners have launched the pledge counter.

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How to share the road with cyclists - videos from RSA Ireland

How to share the road with cyclists - videos from RSA Ireland

In many parts of the world, governments are pushing for more pedestrians and more cyclists. It not only helps with congestion, the environment and health but reduces the amount of vehicles on the road too. However, pedestrians and cyclists are vulnerable road users and are at a higher risk of being seriously injured in a crash with a vehicle. The Road Safety Authority have published these videos to guide cyclists and motorists on sharing the road. Find out more.

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Join WHO on Twitter for a live #RoadSafetyChat tomorrow!

Join WHO on Twitter for a live #RoadSafetyChat tomorrow!

After the launch of the Global Status Report on Road Safety, the World Health Organization are running an exclusive Twitter chat with Dr Tami Toroyan focusing on the key findings of the report and answering questions from people all around the world via tweets. You can take part tomorrow (26th March 2013 - 14.00 - 15.00 GMT).

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A tragic loss of young life at the hands of a drunk driver

A tragic loss of young life at the hands of a drunk driver

A teenage girl aged 14 died in the UK at the hands of her friend's father who was twice the legal alcohol limit while driving. Moments before the car crashed, Kayleigh Lawrie posted a message on Facebook saying, 'I think I'm going to die', seeing the impending danger from the back seat of the drunk man's car. It is testament to all for need to protect our young people and promote a zero tolerance alcohol and driving limit.

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Life and death on the world's most dangerous roads - The Guardian

Life and death on the world's most dangerous roads - The Guardian

The Road Safety Fund, in partnership with the Guardian, publish articles focusing on global road safety as a development issue. Since the the publishing of the Global Staus Report on Road Safety 2013 last week, the Guardian have created an acessible and easy to navigate interactive map highlighting key statistics around the world from the data compiled in the report. Read more here.

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Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013 launched today

Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013 launched today

The Global Status Report on Road Safety is the most comprehensive report covering 182 countries around the world and accounting for almost 99% of the world population. Conducted by the World Health Organization, the report provides the low down on global statistics related to road safety alongside individual country profiles documenting mortality rates, road safety laws and other facets of road safety. The document will be used all across the world as a baseline of research and statistics relating to road safety, but what does it mean for young people?

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