Tuesday, 28 August 2012

In Brazil, Michelle Yeoh urges Rio+20 follow up

Michelle Yeoh speaking at the FIA and IDB 'Action for Road Safety' event
Michelle Yeoh, actress and Global Road Safety Ambassador, has urged Brazil to take a lead in the post-Rio+20 agenda by promoting road safety as a sustainable development priority.

In a speech at a Decade of Action event in Sao Paolo, Brazil, organised by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Michelle Yeoh said:

"The Rio+20 conference in June marked the first time ever that road safety was recognised and included at an international development summit. With Brazil's leadership the summit also resulted in agreement to develop 'Sustainable Development Goals' to meet the new challenges of the twenty-first century. This is a real opportunity. Surely this issue of road safety, which affects every one of us, in every part of the globe; which kills four hundred thousand of our children and young people each year; which mains a million people every month around the world; surely this issue meets every definition of unsustainable development?"

The conference 'Paving the Way for Road Safety', was attended by the IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno and FIA President Jean Todt. A delegation including Michelle Yeoh went on to meet the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff.

Michelle Yeoh has been a Global Road Safety Ambassador working with the Make Roads Safe campaign since 2008. She is the star of many international movies including, most recently, the lead role in 'The Lady'. You can see 'Turning Point', Michelle Yeoh's documentary film on the global road injury crisis here.   

Friday, 10 August 2012

Record breaker

Congratulations to David Rudisha, who last night set a new World Record as he won gold in the 800m final at the Olympic Games. We're grateful to David for his strong support for the Decade of Action, arising from his concern about road traffic injuries in his own country, Kenya. See his message on road safety here.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Gold and silver...

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce supporting the Decade of Action in London
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaican sprinter and supporter of our Zenani Campaign, has successfully defended her 100m title with a gold medal performance at the London 2012 Olympics, and added a silver medal in the 200m final for good measure. Shelly-Ann and members of the Jamaican and South African Olympic teams recently joined us to put a group of London school children through their paces at a road safety event in support of the Zenani Mandela campaign. In the 100m race she crossed the line 0.03 seconds ahead of Carmelita Jeter of the USA, who has also endorsed the campaign to make roads safe for children. Our congratulations to both amazing athletes.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Johnson & Johnson leaders review progress

A delegation of Johnson & Johnson senior executives has visited AIP Foundation in Vietnam to discuss road safety and review the impact of the company's support of the NGO. Johnson & Johnson, a Global Supporter of the Decade of Action, committed US $140,000 this year to AIP Foundation, via a donation to the Road Safety Fund, to implement the Helmets for Kids initiative. Through their sponsorship, a total of 11,000 helmets have been donated to children at 21 schools. Eighteen Johnson & Johnson executives from across the globe were visiting Vietnam as part of the company's 'Accelerate Enterprise Leadership' programme.