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"How I learnt road safety from my son" - a perspective from India

Children may teach us a thing or two about traffic rules, especially if they are learning them the right way: the digital way My 11-year-old son has done Marc Prensky proud. He has picked up most of his traffic rules playing Driving School 2016 on his iPad and waves this knowledge at me when I am at the wheel. Author of Digital Game-Based Learning and Teaching Digital Natives , Prensky believes that to be able to teach digital natives anything effectively, the lessons have to be framed in their language.

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Delft Road Safety Course open for applications for 2018

Delft Road Safety Course open for applications for 2018

A new two-week course on road safety in low and middle income countries is open for appliaction.  As in 2017 the course is offered by Delft Road Safety Courses (DRSC) in association with FIA Foundation.  Both organizations build on several successful years of running this and similar training programmes. The course will be held at 17-28 September 2018, at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Today the course has been opened for registration.

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Word of the year: Can we create a

Word of the year: Can we create a "youthquake" for road safety in 2018?

Every year, many analysts and observers of society turn to language to help us mark where we have been, how far we have come, and where we are heading. One word has been judged as not only reflective of the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of this past year, but as having lasting potential as a word of cultural significance. The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2017 is… youthquake.

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"Heroes drive in pajamas" - a young driver initiative by Zavod Vozim, Slovenia

The Slovenian initiative Heroes drive in pajamas" went viral after a press conference in Ljubljana. The initiative by Zavod VOZIM, insurance company Generali Zavarovalnica and partners, offers a solution to current problems of young people driving under the influence of alcohol.

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Breaking: Our Capacity Development Programme becomes multi award winning!

Breaking: Our Capacity Development Programme becomes multi award winning!

We are so excited to share a proud moment with you. We have been awarded the prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for our work in creating a generation of youth road safety champions. Our Capacity Development Programme has inspired and empowered young people on nearly every continent of the world to take meaningful action for road safety in their communities and beyond.

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Africa Advocates Training open for applications via Global Alliance

Africa Advocates Training open for applications via Global Alliance

Alliance Advocates are selected through a rigorous training program designed to find those applicants who will benefit most from the training.  In 2018, Alliance Advocate training is shifting from a single global training course to several regional courses. The training will take place in collaboration with FedEx and delivered by YOURS. We invite members of the Global Alliance who are eligible for the training in the region to apply! The African Alliance Advocate training, which will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, in March 2018 is now open for applications.

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Fundación MAPFRE Awards - For those who make the world a better place

Fundación MAPFRE Awards - For those who make the world a better place

In 2015, we won the prestigious Fundación MAPFRE Award for 'Best Road Safety Initiative' celebrating the 2014 edition of the awards. This year, the 2017 awards are open for nomination and will be selected and celebrated in 2018. The mechanics have also been simplified: the documentation must be submitted via web; by March 1, 2017, contact information can be sent through Fundación MAPFRE's website. More information is available below.

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Read about our delivery of the second Alliance Advocates training - USA

Read about our delivery of the second Alliance Advocates training - USA

The Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety (also known as 'The Alliance') received a generous grant from FedEx to help further develop the capacity of the 200+ Alliance members (reached in 2017) in 90 countries. The Alliance created the 'Alliance Empowerment Program', an overarching program that has the aim to work with NGO leaders to improve their effectiveness and impact. Members of the Alliance identified several key areas for development that would help them in their road safety missions on the ground.

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Historic moment for global road safety as governments agree on targets

Historic moment for global road safety as governments agree on targets

In an historic move, Member States have concluded work on a comprehensive set of global road safety targets to measure progress on addressing key risk factors and service delivery mechanisms. At the meeting Member States were represented by senior government officials from capital cities and Geneva-based diplomatic missions, from a broad range of sectors, including health, transport, interior and police, among others. The meeting was chaired by Dr Viroj Tangcharoensathien of Thailand.

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Be a superhero role model this festive season – youth road safety tips!

Be a superhero role model this festive season – youth road safety tips!

The festive period is a time for family and good company, food, drinks, indulgence, presents and fun! Did we miss anything out? While the positive sides of xmas and new year ring true for many of us and are season to look forward too, year on year road traffic crashes peak during this period. It’s a sad reality that dampens festive spirits and in the worse cases, destroys the peace of mind of families everywhere. For some young people, having a ‘lit’ holiday sometimes means indulging, in drinks or drugs (legal highs or illegal), this is also a reality facing youth. In many cultures where drinking is the center point of socialization, we as young people can take real meaningful steps to ensure we are safe on the road. It starts with us, it starts with being a superhero role model; not all heroes wear capes!

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#SaveKidsLives moves into the next phase of campaigning: #EveryLife

#SaveKidsLives moves into the next phase of campaigning: #EveryLife

As part of the campaigning team, we’re building on the momentum that campaigners helped achieve and today we’ a new phase is launching: the #EveryLife campaign . The campaign is stepping up to call for safe and healthy streets for every child – including air quality as well as traffic injury. As a mission, the campaign states, "With your continued support, we will fight to protect every child worldwide from needlessly dying on unsafe roads or suffering lifelong health problems due to breathing in toxic air. Road traffic is a major health burden to children causing both injury and respiratory illness. We are calling for action!"

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Mark the World Day of Remembrance - 19th November 2017

Mark the World Day of Remembrance - 19th November 2017

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year – to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families, friends and many others who are also affected. It is also a Day on which we thank the emergency services and reflect on the tremendous burden and cost of this daily continuing disaster to families, communities and countries, and on ways to halt it. Road deaths and injuries are sudden, violent, traumatic events. Their impact is long-lasting, often permanent. Each year, millions of newly injured and bereaved people from every corner of the world are added to the countless millions who already suffer. The cumulative toll is truly tremendous.

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One by One -  a song for the World Day of Remembrance by iRAP

One by One - a song for the World Day of Remembrance by iRAP

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is held on the third Sunday of November. This day is dedicated to remembering the many millions killed or injured in road crashes and their families and communities.  We also pay tribute to the dedicated emergency crews, police and medical professionals who deal with the traumatic aftermath of road death and injury on a daily basis.

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Brian's Column: What makes a good road

Brian's Column: What makes a good road "good"? Reflections after Delft

After successfully graduating from Delft Road Safety Course, a cooperation between Delft University of Technology, SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research, Delft Post Graduate Education and Road Safety for All, Our monthly columnist Brian Kanaahe Mwebaze dares to explore what makes a good road good in Africa.

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Road Safety Annual Report 2017 focuses on serious action needed

Road Safety Annual Report 2017 focuses on serious action needed

The IRTAD Road Safety Annual Report 2017 provides an overview of road safety performance for 2015 in 40 countries, with preliminary data for 2016, and detailed reports for each country. It includes tables with cross country comparisons on key safety indicators. The report outlines the most recent safety data in IRTAD countries, including detailed analysis by road user, age group and type of road. It describes the crash data collection process in IRTAD countries, the road safety strategies and targets in place, and information on recent trends in speeding, drink-driving and other aspects of road user behaviour. The 2017 edition of the IRTAD Road Safety Annual Report puts special emphasis on road safety for an ageing population, which represents a growing concern in many countries.

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Safety 2018 World Conference - Call for abstracts

Safety 2018 World Conference - Call for abstracts

Injuries and violence are a major public health burden across the globe. The 13th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (Safety 2018) will bring together over 1000 of the world's leading researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and activists to share information and experiences and to discuss solutions. Conference major theme is “Advancing injury and violence prevention towards SDGs”

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Child Health Initiative Declaration - London conference calls for action

Child Health Initiative Declaration - London conference calls for action

Global action is urgently required to prevent the needless deaths of thousands of children worldwide, where young lives are cut short or seriously impaired due to toxic air and unsafe streets, the Mayors of London and Accra, alongside international agencies and global experts said at the Child Health Initiative’s ‘Every Journey, Every Child’ conference at London City Hall.

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Walking the Talk: showing how organizations can impact real change

Walking the Talk: showing how organizations can impact real change

The Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety (the Alliance), has launched its new publication Walking the Talk , at the Every Journey, Every Child International Conference organized by the Global Initiative for Child Health and Mobility, in London, UK. Walking the Talk describes the response of the Alliance and its member NGOs to the call for action represented by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with focus on SDG 3.6: “By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents” and 11.2 “By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible, and sustainable transport systems for all.” 2 The publication argues that the SDGs are a shared responsibility involving governments, NGOs, corporations, and bi- and multilateral stakeholders and that NGOs can be effective partners in achieving change.

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UN Secretary-General's Report highlights previous two years of global action

UN Secretary-General's Report highlights previous two years of global action

The seventy-second session of the United Nations General Assembly focused on 'Improving Global Road Safety' . The session accepted a report from the UN Secretary-General focusing on global road safety action in the previous two years to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3.6 - the halve all deaths caused by road traffic crashes by 2020. The Secretary-General transmitted the report on improving global road safety, prepared by the World Health Organization in consultation with the United Nations regional commissions and other partners of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration. It features a wealth of action from the global road safety community including reference to YOURS' work at the Second High-Level Meeting on Road Safety and our work with the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety.

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See how youth are revolutionizing road safety awareness in Belize

See how youth are revolutionizing road safety awareness in Belize

We have been speaking about Belize a lot over the last few years. Namely, because the Government and the Caribbean Development Bank have been investing a lot in the country in terms of infrastructure upgrades and road safety awareness. From 2014-2016 we worked with 34 talented young people to train them on road safety issues. These young people were selected from across Belize, young people passionate about social issues and personally affected by road crashes. A few years on, these young people are still working with the Government of Belize to raise awareness of road safety in the country.

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