Monday, 28 November 2011

Global Plan on film

We've published short introductory films for each of the five 'pillars' of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action on the Road Safety Fund website. You can also view them on Youtube (via the video bar at top right of this page, or here). Each film provides an overview of some of the key issues, and offers some of the practical injury prevention solutions that can be implemented, with sufficient resources and commitment.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Remember. Act.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has issued a message to mark today's World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. To find out more about events taking place around the world see here.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Vietnam launches child helmet campaign

Vietnam has launched a major new three year campaign to increase motorcycle helmet wearing rates amongst its children. Recent surveys have found that, despite high levels of helmet use by adults, only a third of children riding as passengers on their parent’s motorbikes wear a crash helmet. Now the AIP Foundation is working with the country’s traffic safety agency, the education ministry and the police to target parents through awareness raising and high profile police enforcement. The first phase of the campaign will include leaflet distribution, community workshops and media advertising, with some of the funding for the initiative provided by Michelin Vietnam. The head of Vietnam’s National Traffic Safety Committee, Mr Than Van Thanh, describes the current road injury situation as “distressing…and detrimental to the development of the country”.

Renault in safety and mobility initiative

Renault, a Global Supporter of the Decade of Action, is launching a new educational programme "Safety and Mobility for all". The initiative, run in more than a dozen countries, provides educational resources for children, their parents and teachers encouraging young people to think about major challenges of road safety and sustainable mobility. See here for details.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Small Grants

The Road Safety Fund has launched a Small Grants Programme to enable catalytic road safety activities in developing countries. Please see here for details.

Friday, 11 November 2011

UN urges support for Road Safety Fund

The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, has endorsed a new official report on global road safety which urges governments and the UN General Assembly to "acknowledge the importance of the World Bank Global Road Safety Facility and the Road Safety Fund, and the need to develop new funding mechanisms" in order to tackle the growing road injury epidemic worldwide. See the full report, Improving Global Road Safety, released this week, here.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Danke schön

Our grateful thanks to the German Road Safety Council and Die Welt newspaper for including a free full page advertisement for the Road Safety Fund in last Sunday's edition of Welt am Sonntag.