YOURS is a direct follow-up of the United Nations World Youth Assembly for Road Safety in 2007. More than 400 young people from over a 100 countries gathered to discuss the global road safety crisis and how young people can be part of the solution. One of the main wishes of the Youth Ambassadors was the creation of a global youth organization that would lead a global youth movement for road safety. These young people, representing the youth of the world, are as a collective one of the three Founding Members of YOURS.
Our second Founding Member is the World Health Organization. They have been the architect of the 1st World Youth Assembly for Road Safety and championed youth involvement in road safety.
After presenting the plans of creating YOURS, we received a generous start-up grant from Michelin, who is our 3rd Founding Member of YOURS and has been a long-term supporter of our work through their Michelin Corporate Foundation.
in 2009, after a full year of planning and preparations under the auspices of the World Health Organization, YOURS was officially launched during the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Moscow, Russia. We started our activities early 2010.
In 2010, YOURS became an official member of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC), the body for road safety issues through the UN system.
In 2014 YOURS' Youth Empowerment Programme received global recognition and was award Best Road Safety Initiative by the Fundacion MAPFRE's Global Social Innovation Awards. The Award was handed out by Queen Sofia of Spain.
In 2017, YOURS won the Prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for its Youth Empowerment Programme.
In 2020, YOURS was granted special consultative status at the UN Economic and Social Council, allowing it to actively engage with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies. As a special consultant, YOURS is able to push the road safety movement forward and engage formally in the ECOSOC Youth Forum.
Founder / Executive Director - YOURS
Young people have a right to be adequately informed, consulted and empowered on road safety. YOURS believes that youth themselves have a vital role to help save lives on the world’s roads. After all, this is the biggest threat to their lives. Young people can do so much to contribute. Is there any group better placed to act as role models, lead peer education, raise awareness, mobilize communities and advocate for change? Therefore we believe:
It is unacceptable that youth continue to die and get injured on the world´s roads. Knowing that:
In order to reach the road safety target by 2030, we strongly believe:
We envision a world where not a single person dies or gets seriously injured due to a road traffic crash. This would be transformative for youth globally.
We imagine safe and sustainable mobility systems that are accessible and affordable for everyone in all parts of the world, regardless of age, gender, education level, disability or socioeconomic status.
These mobility systems have been co-created with and by young people in a meaningful way at all levels and stages of decision making.
YOURS is a global organization that works with and for young people to demand and deliver road safety and sustainable mobility.
Stichting YOURS – Youth for Road Safety is officially registered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands as a global not-for-profit and non-governmental organization for youth and road safety under the Chamber of Commerce number 34368904.
Anti Bribery and Corruption Policy
We take a zero tolerance approach to bribery and corruption and will uphold all laws relevant to countering bribery and corruption in all the jurisdictions in which we operate. You can read our policy here.
Partnership Engagement Policy
Understand how we engage with partners, as well as the principles laying behind. It also aims to give clarity to our partners on the terms YOURS will collaborate with them. Read our policy here.
Equality and Diversity Policy
This policy reinforces our commitment to promote equality and fairness. YOURS is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. Read our policy here.
We have began the process of documenting our key areas of work, projects, activities and initiatives for review. Our Annual Report offers transparency on the work we do, how we do it and where we do it.
Our Annual Reports can be downloaded here:
Our organization is guided over by a Supervisory Board. The Supervisory Board oversees the long-term objectives of the organization and ensures that the by-laws and rules governing the organization’s activities are observed. Currently, our Supervisory Board has three members and has no vacancies.
You can read more about their roles and a short biography below.