Round the World Roundtables
The Round the World Roundtable initiative is organized by the Alliance and will see roundtables held by Alliance member organizations in different continents in the lead-up to the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, in Sweden in February 2020. The Round the World Roundtables support the UN Global Road Safety Week #SpeakUp campaign, promoting leadership in road safety.
We are holding several high-level Round the World Roundtables in collaboration with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, but there are also opportunities for other NGOs to get involved and run their own leadership-themed roundtables at community, city, or national levels.
How you can get involved
Each roundtable should focus on a theme aligned with the Global Road Safety Performance Targets (the Voluntary Targets) and end with a commitment made by government, which must be followed up.
Commitments don’t have to be at the national level, but they should be specific, measurable, realistic, achievable, and relevant to what your community needs. Examples could include, but are not limited to:
- At the community level, speed bumps or a pedestrian crossing on a particular street or outside a local school
- Breathalyzers for the local police department, a citywide commitment for 30-kilometer-per-hour speed limits in residential areas or better enforcement of a law
- National reduction in the legal blood alcohol level, commitment to three-star roads for all new roads, or other legislation or action plans connected to the voluntary targets
The Alliance will collate the commitments made at all the roundtables and present them at the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Sweden.
We will produce a toolkit and guidelines to help you organize your own roundtable. Sign up HERE to be notified.
Events so far
The first roundtable event was held in Hanoi, Vietnam, on 19 March 2019 and was attended by Jean Todt and Nguyen Van The, Minister of Transport and Permanent Vice Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC). A commitment was made to increase helmet wearing among children, ban counterfeit helmets and enforce compliance of quality helmets, ensure successful implementation of the road safety action plan, and present these commitments at the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Sweden. Read the press release HERE.