Global NGOs gear up to #SaveKidsLives
More than 170 delegates from NGOs in over 52 countries gathered in Morocco to coordinate efforts and demand action on global road safety.
The focal point of the global meeting, organized by the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety, was the forthcoming UN Global Road Safety Week and its ‘#SaveKidsLives’ campaign. NGOs were briefed on the campaign and shared their plans for activities in support of #SaveKidsLives for Global Road Safety Week, which will take place from 4-11 May.
As part of the campaigning, the Alliance and its members also focused on work to ensure that road safety is included in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, and began planning for their involvement in the Global High Level Conference on Road Safety in Brasilia which will take place in November 2015. And the Alliance conference also provided a valuable opportunity for NGOs to take part in training and workshop sessions on key areas of road safety programmatic work.
The global meeting is organized by the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety and takes place every two years, with previous editions being held in Belgium, the US and Turkey. This year’s meeting was hosted by the Moroccan National Committee for Prevention of Road Accidents and was sponsored by Allianz, FedEx, the World Bank’s Global Road Safety Facility, and the Road Safety Fund which is managed by the FIA Foundation together with the WHO.
Dignitaries from the Moroccan Government included the Minister of Transport Aziz Rabbah and Dr. Ahmed Boudak, Director of Hospitals and Outpatient Care, Ministry of Health. Conference sessions were led by a range of key speakers including: Dr. Etienne Krug, Director of the Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability and Injury Prevention WHO; Marc Shotten, Senior Transport Specialist at Global Road Safety Facility, World bank; Shane O’Connor, Communications Advisor, FedEx; Dr. Kate Allen, Health Systems Manager, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Avi Silverman representing the Road Safety Fund and FIA Foundation.
Avi Silverman said: “The Global Alliance and its member NGOs are at the forefront of the global effort to save lives on the roads: leading projects and campaigns; working with communities and government; advocating for road safety policies and legislation.
“As we approach UN Global Road Safety Week, NGOs worldwide will issue a strong and united call to protect children on the world’s roads in the #SaveKidsLives campaign. Policy makers must listen and act urgently. We must tackle this leading global killer of children and young people. The work of road safety NGOs around the world is an inspiration to all. We must follow their lead, join the #SaveKidsLives campaign and take action.”
Jeffrey Witte, President of the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety said: “On behalf of member NGOs of the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety, I would like to express our sincere thanks to the Government of Morocco for hosting our Global Meeting in beautiful Marrakech. Further, we are deeply grateful for the support we receive from our partners in academia, the private sector, philanthropy, and from international institutions. When civil society works in partnership with other institutions, great things can happen; indeed, this is the road we must follow as we head toward our shared aim of making the world’s roads safer for all road users.”
Marc Shotten, Senior Road Safety Specialist, Global Road Safety Facility, World Bank, said: “We are very pleased to support the 4th Global Meeting of Nongovernmental Organizations Advocating for Road Safety and Road Victims. As we stand midway through the Decade of Action for Road Safety, we must collectively rally our forces to help countries achieve the ambitious goal of reducing deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes and saving 5 million lives.”
Main activities and outcomes during the global meeting included:
- Training for NGOs in fundraising and data analysis, including workshop sessions from Fed Ex on engaging with the private sector;
- Monitoring and evaluation training from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
- Coordination and planning for the #SaveKidsLives campaign and the 3rd UN Global Road Safety Week, that will take place from 4-10 May
- Planning of NGO activities for the Global High Level Conference on Road Safety in Brazil in November 2015
- Convening the second General Assembly session of the Global Alliance of NGOs
With over 160 member NGOs active in more than 90 countries, the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety was founded in response to demand from NGOs worldwide for a forum where NGOs can share best practices, advance the agenda of the Decade of Action for Road Safety and collectively advocate for road safety and the rights of victims of road traffic injury.
The Alliance also provides concise information about the activities of NGOs to non-NGO actors, such as governments, foundations, inter-governmental agencies, the media, and other stakeholders with an interest in road safety. Additionally, the Alliance organizes the Global Meeting of NGOs Advocating for Road Safety, which takes place every two years.
The Alliance was established in 2011 at the start of the Decade of Action for Road Safety by NGO members of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration.