From UN Global Road Safety Week and World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, to the Fifth Global Meeting, the publication of Walking the Talk, and welcoming our 200th member, 2017 has been an important year for the Alliance. It has also been a significant year for our members which included legislation successes in Tunisia and the Philippines and promising signs for several other members’ campaigns. Here are some of the key events from our year. We hope that 2017 has been a successful year for you and look forward to working together for safer roads in 2017.
The Global Meeting is a key event in the Alliance’s calendar. Bringing together 200 delegates from more than 70 countries, it offers NGOs an opportunity to learn from each other, network and renew their commitment to the SDGs. The Global Meeting saw 187 commitments made for specific road safety activities, and the Malaysia Declaration was signed by attendees. Read more HERE.
The FedEx Road Safety Award, recognizing the potential of road safety NGOs and honoring small, growing organizations that seize opportunities and amplify best practices, was presented to three Alliance members at the Global Meeting: Alignanon, Benin; Safe Kids Malaysia; and South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD). Read more HERE.
The Global Meeting also hosted the official kickoff for May’s Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week (UNGRSW). The kickoff event was held at a school in Selangor. Alliance members painted a speed hump, and children at the school took part in a poster competition. Read more HERE.
In April, 2016 Alliance Advocate Afef Ben Ghenia and her NGO Ambassadeurs de la Sécurite Routière, Tunisia, succeeded in their campaign to make seat belt use mandatory in Tunisia. The campaign, which focused on both advocacy and awareness and featured celebrity ambassadors from sport and entertainment, has already had an effect on road fatality rates in the country. Read more HERE.
Alliance members joined NGOs, governments, community groups, and corporations around the world to mark UNGRSW. Campaigning under the slogan #SlowDown, members advocated for lower speed limits and raised awareness about the dangers of speeding.
The Alliance announced the winners of its UNGRSW photo contest.
In the Philippines, a new law requiring children to wear helmets on motorcycles was enacted. The law marked a victory for a long campaign by Safe Kids Philippines.
The Alliance was a part of the strategic network for the creation of a Global Plan for Physical Activity spearheaded by WHO, demonstrating how our members’ experience interlinks with other global health issues.
In August, the Alliance graduated 14 new Advocates. The 2017 cohort is now working on action plans. See what they are doing HERE.
In September the Alliance hit the milestone of 200 members in more than 80 countries.
The Alliance launched the pillar working groups to enable members to feed into the agenda of the UN Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC). Read more HERE.
The Alliance’s action brief, Walking the Talk, was launched at the Every Journey, Every Child conference in London, UK. Read it HERE.
Our new webinar, with EASST and ACM Moldova, offered an overview of occupational road safety. Read more HERE.
November was dominated by World Day of Remembrance. The Alliance produced a toolkit, and members commemorated with events around the world.
As part of IRVA’s World Day of Remembrance activities, the Alliance received a Light of Hope Award.
The Alliance hosted a special session at the IRF World Road Meeting, Dehli, India, on the role of NGOs in meeting the challenge represented by the road safety SDGs.
The Alliance’s Executive Director, Lotte Brondum, received an IRF Road Safety Award for “unstinting dedication to promoting road safety in the global NGO sector.”
2017 ended on a high note when the Alliance received a prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award.