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Celebrity support for road safety is stimulating global attention

Celebrity support for road safety is stimulating global attention

Whether we love them or hate them, there is no denying the power of the celebrity when getting a public message across. While most celebrities choose to stick away from pro-bono or public interest work, other embrace social action and use their influence in the interest of society. Since the Decade of Action for Road Safety launched in May last year, numerous celebrities have pledged for road safety, here we take a look at a few of them.

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Eurovision singers support road safety in Eastern Europe

Eurovision singers support road safety in Eastern Europe

Every year, Europe tunes in to the Eurovision Song Contest, a comptetion where 43 of Europe's countries showcase their best song with the hope of winning the coveted title of Eurovision champion. After parading their music to the world via an extravagant television show, it is over to Europe to vote in their millions for their favourite act. Last year saw the title given to Nikki from Azerbaijan and now the much loved winner has pledged for road safety reaching thousands across Europe!

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See behind the scenes of the Youth and Road Safety Action Kit

See behind the scenes of the Youth and Road Safety Action Kit

The Youth and Road Safety Action Kit is here and the journey that has led up to its final publication has been a creative one for both the YOURS team and the designers behind the kit: Airspace Studio. From its inception to creative mapping, the Youth and Road Safety Action Kit was designed from scratch including the whole 3D city that is featured throughout the kit. See behind the scenes.  

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European Youth Declaration for Road Safety gains momentum

European Youth Declaration for Road Safety gains momentum

The European Youth Declaration for Road Safety adopted in late 2011 at the European Youth Forum for Road Safety has been passed on to national road safety decision makers around Europe. At the forum, youth leaders from across Europe gathered to share best practices in youth and road safety issues around Europe and adopted the European Youth Declaration for Road Safety.

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United Nations General Assembly pass new road safety resolution

United Nations General Assembly pass new road safety resolution

On April 19 2012, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a new resolution set to improve global road safety. Resolution A/66/L.43 recognizes the global public health and development burden resulting from road traffic crashes, while taking into account the efforts made by some low and middle income countries to implement best practices, set ambitious targets and monitor road traffic fatalities.

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Brain's Column: A personal experience of youth taking a stand in Africa!

Brain's Column: A personal experience of youth taking a stand in Africa!

Our regular columnist Mr Brian Bilal Mwebaze offers YOURS a unique perspective every month in his articles about road safety and young people in Africa. In this column, Brian draws upon a recent experience of taking a taxi in Uganda and being scared for his life in an overloaded and speeding vehicle but with some clever persuation of the young passengers, road safety was achieved!

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Launch of Youth and Road Safety Action Kit at UNRSC

Launch of Youth and Road Safety Action Kit at UNRSC

On 16th April 2012 Director of YOURS Mr Floor Lieshout officially launched our new publication; The Youth and Road Safety Action Kit at the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration meeting in Washington DC, USA. The launch coincided with our official online launch on the YOURS website!

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YOURS officially publishes the Youth and Road Safety Action Kit today!

YOURS officially publishes the Youth and Road Safety Action Kit today!

With great anticipation and excitement, today, YOURS has officially published the unique tool geared for road safety action; the Youth and Road Safety Action Kit! This publication is the first of its kind ever where young people from around the world will have universal and free access to pick up this kit, learn about the global road safety crisis facing young people and start some action! The kit is available to view and download now!

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Youth and Road Safety Action Kit launching at partner conference, Mexico

Youth and Road Safety Action Kit launching at partner conference, Mexico

YOURS is proud to announce that the first launch of our first publication, the Youth and Road Safety Action Kit will take place at the 5th Latin American and 4th Inter-American Health Promotion and Health Education Conference. Our key partner in the production of this kit, the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) are coordinating the event.

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United Nations Road Safety Collaboration Meeting - Washington

United Nations Road Safety Collaboration Meeting - Washington

The 15th United Nations Road Safety Road Safety Collaboration meeting (UNRSC) is taking place on  16-17th April 2012 in Washington DC. The meeting is being hosted by the World Bank and this meeting will be a landmark event for YOURS as we launch our brand new publication, The Youth and Road Safety Action Kit!

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My name is Shannon and I survived - Shannon Gwynne's story

My name is Shannon and I survived - Shannon Gwynne's story

YOURS recently made contact with Shannon Gwynne, an inspiring young lady who tells the story of her harrowing experience at the hands of a drunk driver. What is more alarming is that the drunk driver was her mother and she was a young passenger of the event. Read Shannon's story at YOURS.

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Reporting back from the Training of Facilitators - Muscat, Oman

Reporting back from the Training of Facilitators - Muscat, Oman

On the 20-26th March 2012, YOURS travelled to Oman to run a 'Training of Facilitators' for Youth and Road Safety workshops with young leaders in Oman. The event was organized in collaboration with Accident Care Oman and was conducted over four intensive days of training and development.

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NOYS presents Youth Traffic Safety Month in five countries!

NOYS presents Youth Traffic Safety Month in five countries!

The National Organization for Youth Safety based in the United States has this year opened up its Youth Traffic Safety Month with five countries around the world. The countries include Kenya, Uruguay, Haiti, Canada and the United States of America in the promotion of traffic safety to young people.

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Michelin’s initiative to promote road safety among young people in Europe

Michelin’s initiative to promote road safety among young people in Europe

Launched by the Michelin Group, in partnership with the European Commission, the ROSYPE Project aims to educate more than 730,000 young people on road safety in Europe. Young Europeans pay a high price to road crashes, you can read how ROSYPE is educating young people in Europe below.

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3rd Muscat Youth Summit 2011 Report now available!

3rd Muscat Youth Summit 2011 Report now available!

In December 2011, YOURS attended the 3rd Edition of the Muscat Youth Summit (MYS) which took place on the beautiful resort of Mussanah in Muscat, Oman. The summit was an energetic and forward thinking event that brought young people together from around the world to tackle issues facing young people in a modern world.

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Africa’s towns could learn from Johannesburg’s road safety agenda

Africa’s towns could learn from Johannesburg’s road safety agenda

In this edition of Brian's Column, we are given an insight into how the city of Johannesburg in South Africa has implemented strong road safety measures to dramatically reduce road fatalities. His insight illustrates how when coupled with good enforcement and road infrastructure, road laws can save lives as they do in South Africa.

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Spotlight On: RACQ, Streets Ahead Program - Road safety education

Spotlight On: RACQ, Streets Ahead Program - Road safety education

In 2007 the Royal Automobile Club Queensland, Australia idenfiied the need for road safety education where there was a gap for younger students of school age in Queensland. The Road Safety Education Team was created to develop and devilver road safety program for school studens and older drivers. 

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YOURS has been awarded a grant from the Road Safety Fund!

YOURS has been awarded a grant from the Road Safety Fund!

We are very excited to share the news that YOURS has been awarded a grant from the Road Safety Fund to run a 'Training of Trainers' program with young people in Kenya. The program will run as part of our key strategic pillar of Capacity Development which seeks to support existing efforts to improve road safety in Kenya by engaging with young leaders to promote safer road use.

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Where are they now? Pt.6 of our WYA anniversary feature!

Where are they now? Pt.6 of our WYA anniversary feature!

After almost half a decade since the United Nations World Youth Assembly for Road Safety, the youth movement for road safety has grown and is stronger than ever. In our last feature, we saw that the YOURS Staff team were all delegates to the WYA and have since dedicated their efforts to the youth and road safety cause. In part 5 of our WYA special feature, we take a look at the what our delegates from Canada and Brazil are doing now!

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Jailed motorist campaigns for road safety - turning tragedy into safety

Jailed motorist campaigns for road safety - turning tragedy into safety

In 2010, Gary Swainston hit a pedestrian using a zebra crossing with fatal consequences. The motorist was jailed for 16 months for careless driving and while behind bars, Mr Swainston, under the burden of his actions urged a letter to be written to his local authorities pleading for a safer system to prevent this happening to other people in the future.

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