This month, five years since it was first founded, the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety welcomes its 200th member: MiNU Asociación Civil. Read more about MiNU and our other new members HERE.
In 2015, we conducted a member survey. Here are some of the benefits that they listed of being a part of the Alliance.
In May 2009 in Brussels, Belgium, the World Health Organization (WHO) brought together for the first time 70 NGOs working on road safety in 40 countries. The mission was to discuss how NGOs can help advance the road safety agenda, and the outcome was the Brussels Declaration, which is the compilation of 33 recommendations to governments that formed the framework for the Decade of Action 2011–2020.
This first meeting showcased civil society’s importance in reaching the Decade of Action goals. In 2010, WHO asked nine United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) members to explore the possibility of an alliance of road safety NGOs. The group conducted a survey among road safety NGOs: 89% indicated that a lead NGO-coordinating body would be useful. WHO subsequently created a steering committee to move forward with the idea. The founding assembly took place in 2012, and the new alliance was named the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety. Soon thereafter, the organization’s bylaws and Strategic Plan for 2014–2018 were established.
The Alliance is governed by a five-person board of directors and recruited its first staff in late 2014. The Alliance is registered as a tax-exempt organization with a seat in Zurich, Switzerland, under Swiss Civil Code article 60. The Alliance’s highest authority is the General Assembly, where each NGO Alliance member has one vote. The General Assembly is held every two years.
The Alliance mobilizes and empowers NGOs from around the world. Together we act to make roads safer for all and advocate for road victims’ rights.
To fulfill our mission, the Alliance provides concise information about the activities of NGOs to non-NGO actors, including governments, foundations, intergovernmental agencies, the media, and other stakeholders with an interest in road safety. The Alliance also coordinates and mobilizes activities aligned with the Decade of Action 2011–2020 and the Sustainable Development Goals. This involves the Global Meeting of Nongovernmental Organizations Advocating for Road Safety and Road Victims, which takes place every two years; regular communications and outreach; and mobilization of ongoing responses to the Global Plan for Road Safety.
Photo courtesy of Richard Ahlstrom.