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YOURS Ambassador Aakash featured in The Times of India

YOURS Ambassador Aakash featured in The Times of India

YOURS' Ambassador for the Post-2015 Agenda Mr Aakash Shah has recently been featured in India's biggest circular newspaper, The Times of India to bring awareness to his efforts across the world. Aakash joined the YOURS team recently to work on the infuencing the Post-2015 Agenda.

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Safety 2016: Call for abstracts is now open!

Safety 2016: Call for abstracts is now open!

The 12th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion - Safety 2016 - will be held from 18-21 September 2016 in Tampere, Finland. Hosted by the Finnish National Institute for health and Welfare (THL) and co-sponsored by the World Health Organization. Safety 2016 is addressing a broad range of violence and injury prevention topics including emerging issues in the field.  

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6 crucial road safety tips for the road trip holiday season

6 crucial road safety tips for the road trip holiday season

The summer has shown its glorious face and for many people, especially in the USA, this means holiday season and extended 'road trips'. Yahoo, the online giant has taken a step to ensure its users are safer on the road with '6 Road Trip Safety Tips That Could Save Your Life', we share them with you here.

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Calling on Caribbean and Latin American youth for Project Yellow Light

Calling on Caribbean and Latin American youth for Project Yellow Light

Our friends over at the Caribbean Development Bank are working with Project Yellow light to encourage young people to create road safety awareness videos. Make a video. Their straplines are simple, "Win a prize. Save a life". Caribbean and Latin American youth can enter the  contest and could win a trip for submitting your video to attend the Grand Prix Formula 1 in Mexico or win an iPad mini!

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Road safety targets in Sustainable Development Agenda secured!

Road safety targets in Sustainable Development Agenda secured!

As you would have seen on the YOURS website, we have been involved in the push to include road safety targets in the forthcoming Sustainable Development Agenda Post 2015. Along with our Global Youth Network for Road Safety we have been at the forefront of advocating for road safety targets to be included from a youth perspective in the UN's youth calls for input. We are very happy to announce that road safety targets have been included in the final text of the new Sustainable Development Goals adopted by UN member states in New York!

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Brian's Column: African youth must ACT locally for road safety

Brian's Column: African youth must ACT locally for road safety

Our regular columnist Mr Brian Bilal Mwebaze is back with his regular column. This time he's talking about the milestones that have influenced change in Africa while focusing on the things that still require immediate attention. His column is challenging the current status quo not mainstreaming youth in road safety decisions and calls upon all to do so.

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YOURS pushes for SDG targets and high level involvement in Brasilia

YOURS pushes for SDG targets and high level involvement in Brasilia

Alongside the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety and the global momentum of the #SaveKidsLives campaign, YOURS has been involved in an advocacy push calling for selected permanent missions to keep in the specific road safety targets mentioned in the Sustainable Development Agenda. Alongside this, we have called on global leaders to be involved in the Brasilia conference in November and bring a youth delegation with them. The advocacy push has been lead by Mr Aakash Shah, YOURS' Ambassador for the Post 2015 Development Agenda.

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A beauty blogger and road safety campaigner: Jordan's inspiring story

A beauty blogger and road safety campaigner: Jordan's inspiring story

Not so long ago, we met with road safety campaigner and beauty blogger Jordan Bone who travels around the UK telling her story of 'Remembering to think twice'. When she was 15, Jordan was involved in a road traffic crash that left her paralysed. Turning her life around, Jordan's fashion blog has lifted off globally and along with it, her message for road safety.

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 Can Funny Traffic Signs Save Drivers' Lives?

Can Funny Traffic Signs Save Drivers' Lives?

Highway agencies are increasingly using humor and wit to try to get people to drive safer but do the messages work? We've covered the topic of jokes and comedy in road safety before. In some parts of the world, a humor filled message is said to be effective at getting driving to comply with road safety.

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Do youth in the US think legal marijuana and driving is safe?

Do youth in the US think legal marijuana and driving is safe?

According to a new poll by Gallup, an American research company, only 30% of Americans believe that legalised use of marijuana will make drivers 'a lot less safe'. Some U.S. states have legalized marijuana for recreational and medicinal use which could see the rise of drug driving incidents increase. We give you the low down on drug driving.

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#SaveKidsLives Campaign continues on to Brasilia conference

#SaveKidsLives Campaign continues on to Brasilia conference

As you will know, we have been big supporters of the #SaveKidsLives campaign and have helped with its implementation over the past year. We are delighted to announce that the global community has really gotten behind the campaign and pushed the signature counter beyond half a million signatures! The campaign is to continue all the way up to the 2nd Global High Level Meeting in Brasilia, Brazil where the signatures and support will illustrate people's call to action. We are calling for road safety for all!

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Calling on Caribbean Youth - National Champions for Road Safety

Calling on Caribbean Youth - National Champions for Road Safety

Our Regional Coordinator for the Caribbean Region, Mr Erland George from Saint Lucia has been on the hunt for National Road Safety Champions in the Caribbean Region. Having already recruited champions in Guyana, Barbados, Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago and Saint Lucia, Erland is now looking for champions in the rest of the region. Apply now to be part of this unique opportunity.

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Could smartwatches be a new danger behind the wheel?

Could smartwatches be a new danger behind the wheel?

Road safety campaigners are calling for a ban on the use of wearable technology, including smartwatches, by drivers. Smartwatches from high-tech giants Samsung, Sony, Motorola and LG - which can be used for calls, texts and calendar notifications - are for sale in New Zealand. Apple is releasing its Apple Watch here later this year. Laws banning drivers' use of phones - with an $80 fine and 20 demerit points - do not cover the use of wearable technology. Caroline Perry, of road safety charity Brake, said the law should be widened, stating motorists using smart technology on their watches while driving should face the same sanctions.

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If you knew how we saw you - 3 creative videos targeting UK youth

If you knew how we saw you - 3 creative videos targeting UK youth

As you will know, we are quite active on the Twittersphere and every so often, a Tweet comes along that has some awesome road safety targeted messages. This time, the campaign we are featuring comes from the UK and the West Midlands Road Safety Partnership. Three videos take a funny twist on a serious issue; wreckless and somewhat 'childish' behaviours on the road. As young people, sensation seeking behaviour or driving while distracted is not clever or funny and most people see it in a very annoying light.

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Brian's Column: Do we need Boda Boda training schools in Africa?

Brian's Column: Do we need Boda Boda training schools in Africa?

Brian is back with his regular monthly column on all things road safety in Africa, especially youth issues! This month he reflects on a personal experience of a road crash, with a boda boda driver. A scary experience that illustrated his experience in handling first aid situations as well as a reflection on what could change to stop dangrous road behaviours.

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YOURS awarded by MAPFRE Foundation in Madrid

YOURS awarded by MAPFRE Foundation in Madrid

FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE has announced its 2014 Social Awards. These international prizes recognize people and institutions that have made outstanding contributions for the benefit of society. This year there were over 450 nominations. The Jury selected YOURS unique Capacity Development Programme as the Best Road Safety initiative in 2014. The Award comes with a grant of 30,000 euros. Her Majesty Queen Sofía of Spain chaired the Award Ceremony on the 18th of June at the prestigious Casino of Madrid.

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YOURS wins best road safety initiative award!

YOURS wins best road safety initiative award!

Everybody at YOURS is incredibly excited to announce that our Capacity Development Programme can now be termed 'award winning' as the Fundación MAPFRE award us the Best Road Prevention and Safety Initiative. We are very happy to have our programme recognized and share this news with you all.

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Updates from the YOURS Training of Facilitators - Belize

Updates from the YOURS Training of Facilitators - Belize

The YOURS Training of Faciliators in Belize in well into the second week of training workshops as young Belizean leaders prepare to slip into their roles as Faciliators of Youth and Road Safety Workshops. After a week of theory based training through a highly interactive and a selection of participatory workshops, the youth approach the ending of their training programme and will end by runing pilot workshops with youth from across the country.

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Second Belize Training of Faciliators kicks off in Belize!

Second Belize Training of Faciliators kicks off in Belize!

In partnership with the Government of Belize and the Caribbean Development Bank, YOURS returns to Belize to train a second cadre of young faciltators specially selected from Belize's talented youth leaders. The training will train more than 16 youth to support the previous 20 trained last year to reach over 2,000 young Belizeans on road safety issues all aropund the country.

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Brian's Column: Road safety in African consultations

Brian's Column: Road safety in African consultations

Bran is back with his monthly column straight after appointing the National Youth Champions for Road Safety in Anglophone Africa. He's back to reflect on his YOURS involvement in adolescent health consultations championed by the WHO in Johannesburg, South Africa. He offers some insights on the process in the mean time!

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