Monday, 16 December 2013
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
|The Volkswagen Jetta scored five stars in the frontal impact test|
Thursday, 21 November 2013
|Photo copyright: UN|
Sunday, 10 November 2013
Several activities supported by the Road Safety Fund were highlighted: Gabriel Kardos of Johnson & Johnson presented on his company's support for the Decade of Action, through two years of grants to AIP Foundation's 'Helmets for Kids' programme. David Ward of Global NCAP reviewed the latest crash independent crash test results from Latin NCAP and previewed a major conference on vehicle safety to be organised in Delhi in January 2014. For iRAP, Global Operations Manager James Bradford explained how several G20 countries are targeting road casualties by working with iRAP to improve road infrastructure safety design. Floor Lieshout of youth NGO YOURS updated on his organisation's cadre-building in Africa; and Amend Executive Director Jeffrey Witte provided information on the latest 'SARSAI' safe schools work funded by Road Safety Fund donor Bosch.
The UNRSC was also briefed by Road Safety Fund director Saul Billingsley on the next stage of the 'Long Short Walk' post-2015 advocacy campaign to include road safety and sustainable transport in the UN's new Sustainable Development Goals. To coincide with the meeting a new short film was released by the campaign to show the breadth of activity and support during 2013, and the need to redouble efforts for the next phase, including Open Working Group hearings on sustainable transport in January 2014.
To join the Long Short Walk's latest advocacy efforts, targeting the member countries of the UN Open Working Group, see here.
Monday, 4 November 2013
|UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Photo Copyright: UN|
In his review of progress in the Decade of Action 'Improving Global Road Safety', issued to the UN General Assembly, the UN Secretary General calls for more attention to be given to financing the Decade of Action. He also urges the UN to recognise that in the context of planning the new Post-2015 Development Goals, the lack of road safety is an “important obstacle to sustainable development.”
In his report, Ban Ki-moon warns: “Financial support in the field of road safety continues to be a challenge to the attainment of the goal of the Decade of Action for Road Safety. More funding is needed to support road safety activities by United Nations organizations, Member States and civil society.” The report says that far more support is needed to achieve the goal of saving 5 million lives during the 2011-2020 period of the Decade of Action. UN Member States should develop “more sustainable financing mechanisms for road safety”, the report urges.
In stressing the need for further funding, the report echoes the recommendations of the Commission for Global Road Safety made earlier this year, in its key report ‘Safe Roads for All: A Post-2015 Agenda for Health and Development’. The UN Secretary General notes the Commission’s call to include a road safety target in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.
In his report Ban Ki-moon says that “in the context of the discussions on the post-2015 development agenda”, the UN General Assembly should “recognise the lack of road safety as an important obstacle to sustainable development.” This follows the UN Secretary General’s main report on the post-2015 development agenda, ‘A Life of Dignity for All’, where he includes road safety in a recommended post-2015 health goal.
The report also underscores the Long Short Walk as providing the “cornerstone” of advocacy events during UN Global Road Safety Week earlier in 2013. The Long Short Walk is the worldwide campaign organised by Make Roads Safe, the FIA Foundation's Road Safety Fund and the Zenani Mandela campaign to call for road safety to be included in the UN’s post-2015 development agenda.
The report notes vital donor and philanthropic support for the Decade which has already succeeded in assisting successful interventions proven to reduce road traffic fatalities and injuries in low and middle income countries. Key support includes donor funding and grants via the Bloomberg ‘Road Safety in 10 Countries’ programme, the World Bank's Global Road Safety Facility, the FIA Foundation and the Road Safety Fund. The UN Secretary General's review also highlights the contribution of a number of the Fund's partners, including iRAP, Global NCAP, AIP Foundation and Amend, and notes that "with support from the Road Safety Fund, and specifically donors Allianz and Bosch, as part of the Global Road Safety Week 2013, small grants were made to 40 NGOs through a competitive application process. These NGOs promoted and advocated for pedestrian safety worldwide via public walks, media campaigns and other activities".
Thursday, 31 October 2013
|AIP Foundation CEO Mirjam Sidik with Jeff Mclean of UPS|
"With thousands of drivers throughout Vietnam and the world, road traffic safety is one of our highest priorities," said Jeff Mclean, General Manager of UPS Vietnam. "We are extremely proud to take part in Helmets for Kids by donating helmets and sending out our employees to teach students how to wear their helmets correctly and to be safe on the road."
The NGO, which is also supported by other Road Safety Fund partners including the FIA Foundation and Johnson & Johnson, also recently distributed helmets to children in Bangkok with the support of the UK Embassy to Thailand.
|UK Ambassador to Thailand, Mark Kent, |
with AIP Foundation President Greig Craft
Wednesday, 9 October 2013
Today is International Walk to School Day and this video, featuring children from across the world, explains why it is so important for every child to have a safe place to walk, and a safe route to school. The film has been produced by our partner Safe Kids Worldwide, which is running pilot projects for 'Safe School Zones' in ten countries with the support of FedEx. By the time you finish watching this short video, another young person will have been killed on a road somewhere in the world...
Thursday, 3 October 2013
Following fundraising activities in support of the Road Safety Fund by the company at Formula One Grand Prix events in Singapore, Malaysia and Abu Dhabi, a 'Helmets on Heads' initiative has been launched in partnership with the AIP Foundation.
CLEAR and AIP Foundation held a helmet handover celebration for the initiative's pilot project in Tu Ky district of Hai Duong province on 1st October. At the ceremony, 1,065 helmets were donated to 505 elementary students, 505 mothers, and 55 teachers from Ky Son and Tai Son primary schools.
These schools were selected for this donation as they are both located on major highway 391. Between 70 and 80 per cent of students travel to and from these school on motorcycles. Traffic in this area is made even more dangerous by proximity to industrial zones; these schools have experienced 12 non-fatal traffic incidents in the past three years. Many parents in this area make less than the average provincial income and cannot afford to buy helmets for themselves and their children.
The helmet handover ceremony included performances by students, parents, and teachers as well as helmet training games, and remarks by the Department of Education and Training. In addition to the provision of quality helmets, the 'Helmets for Heads' initiative held a workshop on September 28 to educate parents and teachers about road traffic laws, child helmet laws, and correct helmet use. Letters asking parents to pledge to always wear helmets and to help their children do the same were sent out to 550 parents of students from both schools. Every letter sent out brought in an agreement from a parent to join the project, to act as a role model and always wear a helmet, to make sure their child always wears a helmet as well. Other awareness raising activities will be conducted throughout the school year to ensure that children, parents, and teachers continue to wear helmets.
A road safety film featuring a Road Safety Fund-supported project in Tanzania has been selected for the MY World exhibition at UNICEF headquarters in New York. MY World is the UN's global survey of public priorities for the post-2015 development agenda. More than one million people have taken part in the survey so far, with education the top priority for respondents. The film (above) will be shown as part of the exhibition, in UNICEF's Danny Kaye Exhibition Center, from September 30th - November 28th.
Through the Long Short Walk campaign the Road Safety Fund has been promoting the MY World survey, encouraging people to vote for 'better roads and transport' and to write-in 'safer roads' as an additional option. The campaign, in partnership with Make Roads Safe and members of the Mandela family, is highlighted in the film, as is a project supported by the Road Safety Fund and managed by Amend to provide safe routes to school for children living in a district of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In the film Kevin Watkins, Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute, makes the connection between access to education and the need to provide safe routes to school for all children.
|Paul Ladd, Senior Adviser on Post-2015 at UNDP, |
explains the exhibition to Queen Rania and Gordon Brown
photo copyright: MY World/UNDP
Participants at the event included Amina Mohammed, Special Adviser on Post-2015 to the UN Secretary General, Mohammed Yunus, Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever and a member of the UN's High Level Panel on post-2015 and Corinne Wood, Director of the UN Millennium Campaign.
In her speech Zoleka Mandela said: “In memory of my daughter, Zenani Mandela, we campaigned with MY World and spoke with one voice. Across many countries people joined our Long Short Walk campaign and took to the streets. We said, no more young lives taken that can be saved. We can and must confront the biggest killer of young people worldwide: road traffic injury.”
See below for more photos from the MY World event.
|Zoleka Mandela with Mohammed Yunus at UNICEF|
|Angelique Kidjo, UNICEF Ambassador, |
supports the Long Short Walk
|Paul Polman, Unilever CEO and post-2015 panellist|
|Road Safety Fund director Saul Billingsley chats |
with UNDP's Paul Ladd at the MY World exhibition
Monday, 23 September 2013
Dedicated follower of fashion? Then you may be interested in the latest version of the belt that EVERYONE should be wearing: a seat belt! To raise awareness of the life-saving qualities of the seat belt - and to raise funds for the Decade of Action for Road Safety - social entrepreneur Ernesto Arguello has launched a colourful seat belt-style belt, the 'Snap2Live' belt.
Launched in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) the Snap2Live initiative was announced by Arguello at the Social Good Summit in New York. He was recently named an IDB Youth Champion for Road Safety and is also an MTV 'Agent of Change'.
|Ernesto Arguello announces his 'Snap2Live' initiative|
"We need more road safety advocates like Ernesto", says Elena Suarez, Chief of the Youth Unit at the IDB. "We are losing too many young people to a preventable cause".
"For me road safety is very personal", says Ernesto Arguello. "Not only did my own grandfather die in a road crash, but car crashes are the number one cause of death for young people around the world. I am honoured to be a Road Safety Champion and I hope my Snap2Live belts will be a highly visible reminder of the importance of safe roads for everyone."
"Ernesto is bringing much needed attention to the fact that over a million people are dying on the world's roads every year and that together we can do something about it", says Bella Dinh-Zarr, Director of Road Safety at the FIA Foundation.
Snap2Live belts are available at www.snap2live.com and other stockists will be announced.
Saturday, 21 September 2013
Friday, 20 September 2013
|A lecturer at TU Delft's international road safety course|
Friday, 23 August 2013
|Movie actor Michelle Yeoh visits a GHVI program in Cambodia|
Thursday, 22 August 2013
Sunday, 28 July 2013
With more than 100 years experience in product safety testing and certification, and a strong CSR community programme also devoted to improving safety, UL is an ideal partner for Global NCAP, the charity which promotes safer vehicles by supporting independent consumer car safety crash testing programmes including Latin NCAP and ASEAN NCAP, and advocating for compliance with UN vehicle safety standards. UL has therefore decided to direct its donation to Global NCAP, to enable the organisation's important work in support of the vehicle pillar of the Global Plan of the Decade of Action.
Friday, 26 July 2013
|Scott Davis, Chairman & CEO of UPS: "solutions are as close as |
the limitless creativity and drive of the human spirit"
The NSEWA driver training programme, launched by Fleet Forum and North Star Alliance in 2012, connects road safety training to North Star Alliance's network of Wellness Centres, to provide long distance truck drivers with modular driver safety training. So far five Wellness Centres have been equipped with NSEWA kiosks providing interactive training (see map) and ten more are in the pipeline.
NSEWA promotional video .
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
|The SEAT New Leon, Latin NCAP's first 5 star car|
|The Renault Clio Mio was one of four cars to score zero stars for occupant protection|
See coverage of the story on the Guardian's Sustainable Business website here
Friday, 28 June 2013
|Duncan Green: "road safety will |
become ever more prominent"
..."My theory is that the collective development gaze skips over road deaths and others like tobacco or alcohol because they are too familiar. The world of aid and development prefers the exotic, the "other". But if you think roads, booze and fags are tricky issues for the aid industry to tackle, try obesity – increasingly present among poor communities in poor countries, as a recent visit to South Africa brought home to me, often side by side with malnutrition. Can you imagine an aid organisation launching a fundraising appeal to tackle obesity?"
Of course a programme to tackle obesity would need to include road safety - the perception (and often in a low and middle income country context the reality) of a lack of safety on the streets being a major motivation for those people who can to give up walking and cycling, or to prevent their children from walking to school, and take to their cars, leaving the danger to the poor. This inter-connection of road safety with other health and environmental agendas holds out the best hope for mainstreaming road injury prevention into development policies and programmes. But, as Duncan Green argues, we first need to surmount the indifference of development policy leaders in the West. He may be correct that they seek the exotic, the quintessentially tropical diseases. They have perhaps become inured to road traffic injuries, lulled by the steady march of improvement and reduced casualties in the UK, Australia, Sweden or the US and the way the media in these countries overwhelmingly portrays road safety as something boring and unsexy, even amusing, preserve of the finger-wagging tendency. Despite considering themselves to be in touch with what is happening in the 'developing' world, and despite being endowed with sophisticated analysis of myriad social issues, these experts seem to ignore the evidence of dysfunction and inequality on the very roads they travel through to visit their health, governance or economic development projects. What, after all, is the real difference between the collapse of a poorly built Bangladeshi garment factory and the cumulative effect of a daily death toll exacted by a poorly designed Bangladeshi road?
Yet coincidentally, this week also saw the publication of a report by the Overseas Development Institute, the UK's leading development think tank, which argues that if the post-2015 goals are to deliver universal access to infrastructure, road safety must be addressed:
Could this be part of a shift in awareness and attitudes towards road traffic injury within the development community? Kevin Watkins, now Director of the ODI, has been an early adopter of road safety amongst development experts, arguing the case for integrating road traffic injury prevention into wider development objectives. The Global Burden of Disease 2010 study, published last year by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and the Lancet again confirmed that road traffic injury is a leading contributor to death, disability and injury amongst young people in every part of the world. There have been flashes of recognition from UNICEF, which addressed the impact of road traffic injury in two of its recent State of the World's Children reports, and UNICEF's executive director Anthony Lake recently described the impact road crashes have on the young, but these perceptive diagnoses of the problem are yet to be followed up with any organised policy advocacy or programme implementation. There are strong advocates for action on road safety in the World Bank and some of the other development banks, but in none of these organisations has there yet emerged someone in a senior leadership role who is prepared to make road safety a major priority.
So the post-2015 'Sustainable Development Goals' debate provides a real opportunity for road safety advocates to make the case for integration with wider public health, sustainable transport and environmental issues, to build a broad coalition supporting road injury prevention as a way to tackle a problem which is itself a major global killer, but also a symptom of wider inequality and poverty, and a contributor to the growing crisis of non-communicable diseases. And it is an opportunity to challenge those who, through fatalism or ignorance, see road traffic injury as simply a national transport problem, an unpleasant side-effect of mobility, rather than an international epidemic which we all have a stake in preventing.
Friday, 21 June 2013
|Participants in the ICCU training course for first responders|
Thursday, 20 June 2013
Sunday, 9 June 2013
|'Friends of the Decade' Governments meeting at the Swedish Cabinet Office|
Hosted by Sweden’s Minister for Infrastructure, Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd, at Sweden’s Government Offices on June 3rd, the meeting brought together officials from countries including Brazil, France, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Russian Federation, Spain, Thailand and the USA. Agencies present included the UN Regional Commission for Europe, the World Health Organization and the World Bank. The Commission for Global Road Safety, FIA Foundation, FIA and the Global Road Safety Partnership also participated.
The meeting reviewed the progress of the Decade of Action at the two-year point, focusing particularly on the impact on national policy with reports from the countries present. A strategy session included a presentation on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals process from David Ward, representing the Commission for Global Road Safety; a discussion on setting targets and indicators for road traffic injury prevention led by Etienne Krug, Director of Injury Prevention at WHO; and a discussion on the potential for innovative financing schemes to support international catalytic efforts for the Decade, with a presentation from Saul Billingsley of the FIA Foundation/Road Safety Fund. The meeting was also briefed by Alexander Alimov, Deputy Director of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on a forthcoming UN General Assembly Resolution on global road safety, expected to be agreed by consensus in UN member states in Spring 2014.
Friday, 7 June 2013
|Aftermath of a crash in India. Photo Copyright: iRAP|
Monday, 20 May 2013
Thursday, 16 May 2013
"Russia had the vision and courage to put her authority and prestige behind an issue that was on the margins of international policy. The Russian Federation’s offer to host the first Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, and her sponsorship of successive UN General Assembly Resolutions in 2008, 2010 and 2012, have provide much-needed leadership. And last year, at the ‘Rio plus twenty’ summit, Russia ensured that road safety was recognized and included in the summit communique.
At home, the Russian Federation has had the perception – which many countries still lack – to recognize the scale of road traffic deaths and injuries, and to take action. With support at every level, from the President down, you have worked to implement a road safety strategy to protect your citizens. The results are impressive. Between 2006 – 2011 the total number of road fatalities fell by 14.5 percent. The number of Russian children killed on the roads fell by a quarter. This statistic alone is deserving of an award.
According to the World Health organization’s recent Status Report, between 2007 and 2010 Russia record the biggest improvement in road safety performance of any of the Group of Twenty countries, so international leadership on global road safety is firmly reinforced by a strong domestic record."
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
|Michelle Yeoh presents Grand Prix certificate |
to AIP Foundation CEO Mirjam Sidik
Saturday, 11 May 2013
|Safe Kids Vietnam (a 1000-strong march through Ho Chi Minh City)|
|Safe Kids Jordan|
|Safe Kids Mexico (plus Super Heroes)|
|Safe Kids Uganda|
|Safe Kids South Africa|
|Safe Kids Philippines |
Thursday, 9 May 2013
|Johnson & Johnson 'Safe Fleet' team support the Long Short Walk |
at their annual meeting in Budapest
|Catalina Luna, Johnson & Johnson's Safe Fleet coordinator in Latin America|
|Dr Joe Van Houten, J&J Senior Director for Health & Safety and Environment |
& Sandra Lee, Worldwide Fleet Safety Director
|Malathy Ramakrishnan, Allianz4Good, Malaysia|
|David Fulker, UK Head of Marketing at Robert Bosch, |
speaking at our pedestrian safety forum
Thursday, 21 March 2013
|Launch of the school star rating pilot in Mexico City|
iRAP estimates that, each day, 6 children die on their journey to or from school in Mexico. The pilot project, in partnership with Safe Kids Mexico, will test the methodology of a new tool developed by iRAP and the University of North Carolina. The star rating tool will eventually enable communities around the world to Star Rate roads around their schools and generate safety countermeasure plans that will equip parents, teachers and children with the evidence to demand action from local authorities. For example, the Mexico City pilot is being implemented at a school which has experienced a number of serious road crashes in its neighbouring streets.
The pilot is being supported by the Road Safety Fund through a generous donation from FedEx, a Global Supporter of the Decade of Action.
Wednesday, 6 March 2013
|Bella Dinh Zarr, US Director of the Road Safety Fund, (right) with David Sleet of the US Centers for Disease Control - one of the contributors to the GBD study - at the launch at the Gates Foundation|