Alliance Live Sessions are expert-led panel discussions exploring issues outside but connected to road safety. Each session will look at a particular theme, through the lens of COVID-19 and the lessons that we can take from the current pandemic, plus how road safety NGOs can work with other activists from different SDGs to bring their causes together with a unified voice.
Women are more reliant on public transport, more likely to walk further, less likely to have access to drive the family car and often experience harassment on public transport systems. This has an impact on our societies, economies, and families. What can be done to address it?
The world cannot win the battle against climate change without changing the way people move. The scale of the problem is made evident by the stark contrast in many cities’ air quality from before and during the COVID-19 urban transport slowdown. How do we maintain the momentum that has been created?
Unsafe roads kill and injure, but they are also a major factor of social exclusion: when people feel unsafe to use the roads, they cannot access education, employment, infrastructure and services. These factors have a significant impact on the way individuals and communities are affected by COVID-19. What can road safety learn from the pandemic? Facilitated by Valentina Pomatto, Humanity & Inclusion.
In the first session, Alliance member Parachute facilitated a panel named COVID-19, Safer Roads, and Urban Planning, featuring Jennifer Keesmaat, The Keesmaat Group and formerly Toronto’s Chief City Planner, and Oliver Moore, Urban Affairs Reporter for Canadian national newspaper the Globe and Mail and a Vision Zero advocate.
The second session focused on mobility under the title What COVID-19 Is Teaching Us about Sustainable Mobility: Lessons for the Future. Mário Alves, International Federation of Pedestrians, facilitated a discussion featuring Lake Sagaris, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Centre for Sustainable Urban Development, Centre for Excellence BRT+, Chile; Ben Rossiter, Victoria Walks, Australia; and Pedro Homen de Gouveia, Polis Network, Belgium.
COVID-19 and Health Systems will explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of health systems in almost every country around the world and made many people more aware of the importance of robust and resilient health care systems. Featuring Olive Kobusingye, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda, and Pryanka Relan, COVID-19 Health Systems & Services Response Team and COVID-19 Clinical Management Response Team, WHO, and Erkin Checheibaev, Former Deputy Minister for Health, Kyrgyzstan. Facilitated by Corrine Vibert, the Eastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport.