WHO hosts 2nd global meeting of NGOs advocating for road safety and road victims
As part of ongoing efforts to support nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in their advocacy efforts, WHO hosted the Second Global Meeting of NGOs Advocating for Road Safety and Road Victims on 14-15 March 2011. The gathering, held at the headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization in Washington, DC, convened 100 participants representing NGOs from 48 countries. The group shared experiences and approaches to advocating for road safety and road victims; discussed creation of a global alliance of NGOs; and described plans for the Decade of Action for Road Safety and related launch on 11 May 2011. "Spotlight" presentations focused on the following:
- from RoadPeace in the United Kingdom, a guide for road death investigation for bereaved families;
- from the Egyptian Society of Road Safety, construction of a pedestrian bridge and other changes to road infrastructure in Egypt;
- from Amend in Tanzania, outreach to the media including when a road traffic crash takes the life of a child;
- from the Association for Safe International Road Travel in the United States, the creation of a Congressional Caucus on Road Safety; and
- from Victims of Violencia Vial in Mexico, on efforts to change drink driving legislation in the state of Guadalajara.
A presentation from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids highlighted this NGO's experiences and approaches to advocacy across 15 years. A draft document Advocating for Road Safety and Road Victims: A Guide for NGOs, currently in preparation by WHO and a number of NGO members of the UN Road Safety Collaboration, was described and discussed in plenary. The document will serve as a resource in particular to those NGOs wishing to strengthen their strategic planning capacities. In terms of concrete next steps, the NGO members of the UN Road Safety Collaboration will make a proposal to all participants in the next few weeks on how to proceed with the creation of a global alliance of NGOs, including a terms of reference for the alliance. All participating NGOs will further develop their plans for the launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety on 11 May 2011.