Eighth Global Meeting

Rethinking road safety: mobility for people and planet

The Eighth Global Meeting of Nongovernmental Organizations Advocating for Road Safety and Road Victims (Global Meeting) will be held in El Salvador 6–10 March 2023, co-hosted with the Vice-Ministry of Transport of El Salvador and WHO. It will be a hybrid event, enabling wider participation of NGOs and other stakeholders.

The Global Meeting will feature capacity building opportunities, inspiration from well-known safe mobility and sustainability experts, a high-level symposium with key influencers from government, multilateral organizations, private sector, and academia, as well as extensive networking opportunities. We will explore the interconnections between road safety, safe mobility, and other key global challenges addressed by the SDGs and focus in on accountability for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021–2030.

Registration

Registration is now open for both in-person and online attendance. Please note that you must be registered to attend the meeting, even if you plan to attend online only.

Global Meeting 2022

Agenda

Crowne Plaza San Salvador Conference Center, El Salvador
PROVISIONAL AGENDA

Rethinking road safety: mobility for people and planet

Monday 6 March 2023

  • Regional Chapter meetings

Tuesday 7 March 2023

  • Regional meetings
  • Workshops streams:
    • Rethinking our journeys (advocacy and accountability for evidence-based action)
    • Rethinking our growth (organizational strengthening)
    • Rethinking our role (safe mobility as an enabler for the SDGs)
  • Official opening and NGO poster exhibition

Wednesday 8 March 2023

  • Symposium
    • Rethinking road safety: Mobility for people and planet
    • Evidence-based solutions in practice: from Safe System to 50% reduction
    • From silo thinking to SDG goals
    • UN Global Road Safety Week kick off session
    • FedEx Award presentation
  • Networking café

Thursday 9 March 2023

  • UNRSC meeting (organized by WHO)
  • Accountability toolkit session (Alliance members only)

Friday 10 March 2023

  • Accountability toolkit session (Alliance members only)
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Practical information

Global Meeting venue

  • Global Meeting hotel: Crowne Plaza, 89 Ave. Norte y 11 Calle Poniente, San Salvador. Link for reservations: HERE.
  • Meals: Coffee breaks and lunch will be provided during the days of the Global Meeting.

Getting there and around

  • Global Meeting Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
  • Airport of arrival: Aeropuerto Internacional de El Salvador San Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez
  • Ground transportation: it is recommended to take authorized taxis only from the airport and hotel
  • Health requirements for people not vaccinated against COVID-19 must present a negative COVID-19 test result given 72 hours before arrival in El Salvador (PCR, NAAT, or LAMP). 
  • Health requirements for people vaccinated against COVID-19 must present their vaccination certificate with all doses supplied, depending on the type of vaccine.

About El Salvador

  • Weather conditions: in March high temperatures are expected. High 31C – low 24C.
  • Language: the official language in El Salvador is Spanish. Note however that the Global Meeting will be held in English (which is the Alliance’s primary language) with interpretation to Spanish and French during the Symposium (8 March)
  • Currency: US Dollars. Shops accept credit cards but it is recommended to have cash.
  • Safety: it is recommended to stay within the area near the hotel and to order authorized taxis to move around the city landmarks.

Eighth Global Meeting FAQs

How can I apply for a visa since there is no El Salvador Embassy or Consulate in my country or region?

There is an arrangement between the Alliance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in El Salvador to facilitate a special permit in place of the normal visa process for participants. The special permit is for those from countries where a visa is required to enter El Salvador and where the visa process is complex or there is no consulate or embassy. Apply for the special permit HERE by 3 February 2023. If you prefer not to use the special permit scheme arranged by the Alliance, you can choose to apply for your visa through the normal visa process for your country. The special permit is not needed for participants from countries who can enter El Salvador without a visa or who can purchase one on arrival.

I have connecting flights to San Salvador. Do I require a transit visa?

Please check with the authorities in your country or the airline that you are flying with regarding transit visa requirements. You can also check your government’s arrangement with El Salvador or the country you are transiting through. The Alliance is not able to help with transit visas.

Do I need an El Salvador visa if I have a valid US or Schengen visa?

Please check with the authorities and also your government’s arrangement with El Salvador. 

How do I get a special permit to allow me entry to El Salvador?

There is an arrangement between the Alliance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to facilitate a special permit in place of the normal visa process for participants. Apply for the special permit HERE.

How do I get an invitation letter to the Global Meeting and accommodation details required by passport control?

Please forward the details and or scanned copy of your passport and the Alliance will issue the invitation letter. The Alliance will send accommodation confirmation for scholarship beneficiaries.

Why does the Alliance charge a fee for the Global Meeting?

Most conferences charge for attendance. The Global Meeting is a significant cost to put on, both in person and online and although the fee will in no way meet the cost of putting on the event, it does strengthen commitment to attend. Unlike most member organizations, we do not have membership fees, which some organizations might use toward these gatherings.

What are the COVID entry requirements for El Salvador?

People not vaccinated against COVID-19 must present a negative COVID-19 test result given 72 hours before arrival in El Salvador (PCR, NAAT, or LAMP). People vaccinated against COVID-19 must present their vaccination certificate with all doses supplied, depending on the type of vaccine.

Which hotel will the Global Meeting be held in?

The Global Meeting will take place at Crowne Plaza, 89 Ave. Norte y 11 Calle Poniente, San Salvador.

I would like to stay at the hotel where the Global Meeting is being held. Is there a discounted rate?

Click HERE for reservations if you wish to stay at the hotel where the Global Meeting is taking place or if you wish to book additional nights.

I will not attend the Global Meeting but wish to join online. How or where do I register?

You can join the Global Meeting online by registering on Brella HERE.

Why should I register on Brella?

Brella allows you to follow the event and also connect and network with other participants in the Global Meeting even if you are unable to attend in person.

I have already registered for the Global Meeting. How do I access Brella?

You should have received an email confirmation when you registered. Click on the link in your registration email to go through to the Brella Global Meeting platform and start networking.

How do I network with other NGOs on Brella?

Once you log in to Brella, you can select your area of interest and network with other participants with interest in the same area.