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Youth on the Move: #ClaimingOurSpace - an interview with Omnia El Omrani

Youth on the Move: #ClaimingOurSpace - an interview with Omnia El Omrani

Road traffic crashes are the number one killer of young people aged 15-29. At the opening ceremony of the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference in Sweden, Omnia El Omrani delivered a message to government Ministers and decision-makers around the world on behalf of the members of the World Youth Assembly and the thousands of young people from around the world who took part in youth consultations in the run-up to the conference.

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Check out a podcast interview with our youth champion Jacob Smith

Check out a podcast interview with our youth champion Jacob Smith

Jacob Smith is an inspirational young man, having been victim of a road traffic crash, he faced a crossroads, to get better or bitter . He chose to get better and has been inspiring young people across America and the world for years. He joined YOURS as a Regional Coordinator for North America and  Taskforce Member organizing the 2nd World Youth Assembly for Road Safety, amongst many other things. He recently participated in a podcast interview highlighting his story with Room 9 Media.

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Join us for a special webinar on youth with the  Global Alliance of NGOs

Join us for a special webinar on youth with the Global Alliance of NGOs

Road traffic injuries have been the leading killer of young people worldwide for over a decade and are often tokenized without meaningful engagement. How can NGOs involve and empower youth in building programs that also improve the lives of youth? At YOURS, we strongly believe in empowering young people to advocate for road safety and sustainable mobility solutions.

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Youth Driving Road Safety for a Sustainable Future - Webinar with MVA

Youth Driving Road Safety for a Sustainable Future - Webinar with MVA

We have teamed up with the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund of Namibia (MVA) to participate in a Youth Road Safety Webinar. Road traffic injuries are globally the leading causes of death of young people. This is unacceptable and avoidable. Youth themselves play an important role in preventing these tragedies, for example by being role models, talking with their peers, and advocating for improved road safety wherever they are. According to the MVA Fund Annual Crash and Claims Report 2019, about half (46%) of the number of persons injured were the youth (16-35 years) 46% and another 10% of those injured were children of 15 years and younger. Young person’s records 45% of those killed in road crashes, and another 15% were children 15 years and younger of those who died.

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A Statement of Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter

A Statement of Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter

We are horrified by the recent act of injustice and violence that led to the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, USA and stand in solidarity with the peaceful global #BlackLivesMatter Movement. We can't be silent as a youth organisation that fundamentally stands for diversity and equality. Embedded in all our activities and principles, we welcome people of all colors, genders, races, religions and groups.

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#ClaimingOurSpace Live! - Watch back our live stream with young leaders

#ClaimingOurSpace Live! - Watch back our live stream with young leaders

Covid-19 has affected humanity in a very significant way. The world has been put into a halt as the global community grapples with the Covid-19 virus. But despite this seeming standstill, work continues behind the four walls of our homes and behind the screens of our computers. Yesterday we brought together young people from all across the world for #ClaimingOurSpace Live! and engaged with young leaders globally!

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Vida Urgente youth gather online to promote the Global Youth Statement

Vida Urgente youth gather online to promote the Global Youth Statement

More than ever, it is necessary to preserve LIFE. So, from their homes, Vida Urgente young volunteers gathered for, "Youth Statement: Youth Vida Urgente and the Future of Mobility". More than 20 participants were present at the online event representing many schools and other local movements. They were all in the youth consultations held by the Thiago Gonzaga Foundation in preparation for the 2nd World Youth Assembly for Road Safety , last year.

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Participate in #ClaimingOurSpace Live! A unique youth session online!

Participate in #ClaimingOurSpace Live! A unique youth session online!

Covid-19 has affected humanity in a very significant way. The world has been put into a halt as the global community grapples with the Covid-19 virus. But despite this seeming standstill, work continues behind the four walls of our homes and behind the screens of our computers.

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COVID-19 Impact on the Future of Mobility and Road Safety

COVID-19 Impact on the Future of Mobility and Road Safety

Only five months into 2020, the COVID-19 global crisis has changed life as we knew it. Although at times the present resembles a work of fiction, the unprecedented effects on civilization are nothing but real. Mobility and climate change go hand in hand as lockdowns have made it even more visible. In these areas, the unfortunate pandemic produced an unexpected, positive impact on the environment, as a result of travel bans and millions of people staying at home due to COVID-19 related restrictions.

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Hear a podcast interview with our staff member Manpreet Darroch

Hear a podcast interview with our staff member Manpreet Darroch

Recently, our Head of Communications, Manpreet Darroch undertook an interview in his home country with Room 9 Media in a new series of podcast run by this creative company. Room 9 Media was started in 2011 by John and Denise Billington. They have years of experience in safer and sustainable travel, communications and education.  They have been developing new and exciting resources ever since. Right from the start, their objectives have been simple: to tackle the issues children and families face on the roads. So whether it’s pedestrian safety, parking problems or sustainable travel, tey seek to deliver a memorable message that’s both relevant and engaging.

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Check out the Highlights video and reports from the World Youth Assembly

Check out the Highlights video and reports from the World Youth Assembly

Only a few months back we were wrapped up warm in Stockholm, Sweden for the 2nd World Youth Assembly for Road Safety. This momentous event we as YOURS helped initiate was a stepping stone for the youth and road safety movement globally. We are super excited to share the Highlights Video from the Assembly and the full report illustrating the concept of the Assembly all the way through to the execution and follow up.

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Impact Generator Challenge winners start to develop their skills with YOURS

Impact Generator Challenge winners start to develop their skills with YOURS

For the 2nd World Youth Assembly for Road Safety, all young delegates were invited to present original, impactful, and innovative projects to address the most urgent and pressing needs outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These projects addressed topics such as environment, human rights, health, sustainable cities, equality and any other SDG that had a connection with road safety.

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A letter from the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration to WHO

A letter from the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration to WHO

Our colleagues at the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) have joined hands to show support for the World Health Organization during these unprecedented times. You can read the letter written to Dr Tedros, Director General of the WHO hereunder, written by David Ward of the Towards Zero Foundation, on behalf of the UNRSC.

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What does COVID-19 mean for road safety? A Global Alliance perspective

What does COVID-19 mean for road safety? A Global Alliance perspective

With nearly every country around the world either battling to cope with outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus or preparing and monitoring in anticipation, people’s lives have changed dramatically in the last month. It has implications for nearly every area of our lives and our work. Road safety is no exception. We unpack several areas below with inputs from our members and other sources.

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In a Global Health Emergency, the Bicycle Shines - Citylabs perspective

In a Global Health Emergency, the Bicycle Shines - Citylabs perspective

Speaking in Parliament in London, UK,  earlier this year, Chris Boardman, the former Olympian cyclist and the walking and cycling commissioner of Manchester, said: “Pick a crisis, and you’ll probably find cycling is a solution.” He was talking about climate, health and air pollution, but he also might as well have been talking about coronavirus.

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Brian's Column: Comparing the fatalities of Coronavirus & Road Crashes is wrong

Brian's Column: Comparing the fatalities of Coronavirus & Road Crashes is wrong

In uncertain times, where the world is seeing unprecedented changes, our regular columnist reflects on the COVID19 pandemic and the way it is being discussed in development circles. Remember, stay safe and #StayHome.

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Watch the speeches, performances and discussions from the WYA in video!

Watch the speeches, performances and discussions from the WYA in video!

Its been just over a month since we celebrated the 2nd World Youth Assembly for Road Safety. Of course, the world has changed dramatically in the face of a global pandemic meaning, if the Assembly was scheduled just a month later, it would not have happened! So, we are truly grateful and thankful that our injection of energy into the global youth movement for road safety was able to take place while many crucial events for road safety are being postponed. With that in mind, we look back at a super successful event through videos from the event that cover speeches, performances and discussions.  

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Check out the pictures from the 2nd World Youth Assembly for Road Safety!

Check out the pictures from the 2nd World Youth Assembly for Road Safety!

February was an epic month for road safety action. We celebrate the 2nd World Youth Assembly for Road Safety with more than 160 youth leaders from 75 countries. A culmination of lots of hard work from the Global Youth Taskforce for Road Safety and key partners, the Assembly was a big success, bringing together a new wave of youth to take action in road safety and beyond. A major step forward in youth and road safety advocacy was the adoption of the Global Youth Statement for Road Safety.

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Download the Global Youth Statement on Road Safety! #ClaimingOurSpace

Download the Global Youth Statement on Road Safety! #ClaimingOurSpace

We are back fresh from Sweden after a monumental week for youth and road safety! On the 18th February, we marked the 2nd World Youth Assembly for Road Safety, bringing together nearly 200 young leaders from all across the world. Months of consultations and amalgamation of youth opinions from around the world culminated in the Global Youth Statement on Road Safety.

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