Monday, 20 May 2013

Road Safety GB & TRL talk a safer walk

The UK Transport Research Laboratory and Road Safety GB combined a seminar on pedestrian safety with a fundraiser for the Road Safety Fund at their event to mark UN Global Road Safety Week. Bringing together road safety officers, police and other transport professionals, the fully subscribed seminar was a practical session on pedestrian death and injury and how to prevent it. The event raised more than £2000 for the Road Safety Fund.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Russian Federation wins Decade Award

The Russian Federation has recieved the 2013 Decade of Action Award from HRH Prince Michael of Kent. The award was presented by the Prince at the Decade of Action Policy Forum in St Petersburg, and was accepted on behalf of the Russian Federation by Anna Popova, Vice President of Sperbank, Russia's largest commercial - and State-owned - bank, which has played an important role in financing road safety reforms and supporting the 2009 Moscow Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety. In his speech, Prince Michael said:

"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

Retrospective Award

Michelle Yeoh presents Grand Prix certificate
to AIP Foundation CEO Mirjam Sidik
'In Retrospect', a film about the impact of child death and injury, won the Grand Prix at the Global Road Safety Film Festival hosted by UNESCO in Paris. The film, produced by the AIP Foundation with support from the FIA Foundation, is currently being broadcast nationwide in Vietnam - in its original Vietnamese - as part of the 'Children also need a helmet' campaign to increase the use of motorcycle helmets by children who ride as passengers on the family motorbike. The Grand Prix certificate was presented to the AIP Foundation by Michelle Yeoh, Global Road Safety Ambassador and international movie actor during the recent Decade of Action Policy Forum in St Petersburg. The film festival was organised by Laser International with support from donors including Fondation Vinci, a supporter of the Decade of Action for Road Safety.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

FedEx & Safe Kids on the streets!

Pedestrian safety advocacy and awareness has been the theme of this UN Global Road Safety Week, and Safe Kids Worldwide have been at the forefront of marches and activities in many countries. With donor support from FedEx, via the Road Safety Fund, Safe Kids' NGOs partners have been out on the streets engaging with the public, teaching children, urging media attention for pedestrian safety, and supporting the call of the Long Short Walk campaign for 'Safe Roads for All'. Check out these photos showing just a few of the activities, see more at Safe Kids' Facebook page, and see how their Model School Zones, with FedEx support, are helping to make the concept of the 'Safe School' a reality.

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

Our Decade Supporters take a Walk

Many of our Global Supporters of the Decade of Action - donor companies contributing to the Road Safety Fund to support catalytic and innovative road traffic injury prevention programmes - are also taking part in the advocacy activities around the Long Short Walk and UN Global Road Safety Week. Check out the photos below to see how some of our Supporters are getting involved. We're delighted to have their active involvement and partnership. More to follow...

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