Welcome to the
Global Road Safety Partnership Newsletter
Edition #41
Dear road safety colleagues,

We are delighted to bring you this edition of our newsletter in which we share a number of developments within GRSP, updates on our programmes, member news and the latest from the global road safety stage.

This edition opens with the launch of our exciting new interactive mapping feature on our website, which will make finding the data you need easier than ever. We take great pride in welcoming leading global insurer, AXA, to the GRSP member network; and continuing in the welcoming spirit, we announce the appointment of the Mexican Red Cross to the GRSP Executive Committee. There is also much to report on from recent high level road safety meetings and much more.

As always, your comments and feedback are welcome. Email us anytime, or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

Yours in safety,
The GRSP Team

New GRSP interactive mapping tool launched

The Global Road Safety Partnership has launched its new interactive mapping tool on our website.

This interactive map draws on a database of over 11,000 cells and allows you to quickly and easily find information and data of interest. The interactive map features three primary tabs, enabling searching by GRSP Activity, IFRC Engagement or by Global Crash Data from the WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015. Within each tab there are multiple filter options allowing you to customize your search and interrogate the data exactly as you need to.

The tool has been designed for use by all the audiences of the website, our members and grantees, National Societies, NGOs working, or wishing to work in road safety, plus key road safety stakeholders the world over. It comes as a result of multiple surveys into stakeholder needs and will be constantly updated with the latest data so that it becomes a 'go to' entry point for a wealth of information, data, tools and resources that are being built into the GRSP website.

Start exploring here!

Leading global insurer, AXA, joins GRSP

The Global Road Safety Partnership is very proud to announce its latest member, leading global insurance group, AXA.

AXA's mission is to help customers live their lives with more peace of mind by protecting them, their relatives and their property against risks, and by managing their savings and assets.

AXA teams across the world embrace five values: Professionalism, Innovation, Pragmatism, Integrity and Team Spirit. In addition, three core attitudes (available, attentive and reliable) guide all AXA employees to better serve clients and establish long-term relationships based on trust.

AXA is also well versed in road safety and is partner to a number of initiatives such as the Kerala Road Safety Hackathon, in Kerala, India alongside the World Bank, IFC, the Kerala Road Safety Authority and Department of Information.

AXA also sat on the Insurance Industry Road Safety Panel at the 2nd High Level Conference on Road Safety in Brasilia, November 2015 which issued a statement recognizing the role the insurance industry plays in road safety and the work it already undertakes in prevention and education initiatives through to emergency support and long‐term care solutions.

AXA brings a wealth of knowledge to our membership network and GRSP looks forward to working with them to achieve our mutual road safety goals.

Welcoming the Mexican Red Cross to the GRSP Executive Committee

The Mexican Red Cross is a leading example of a National Society engaged at all levels in road safety: working with relevant ministries and agencies on strengthening legislation and enforcement, with the private sector on key risk factor interventions and through its efforts with volunteer networks and other civil society organizations in communities across Mexico.

The relationship between the Mexican Red Cross and GRSP has also been evolving over a number of years, often partnering at international events to share good practice and encourage other Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies to deepen their road safety engagement. Ahead of the road safety event at the 20th General Assembly of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, GRSP extended an invitation to Mexican Red Cross to become a co-opted member of the GRSP Executive Committee. Mexico Red Cross President, Fernando Suinaga welcomed the opportunity.

Read more.

Pictured: Andrew Bradley, GRSP Chair and Head of Group Risk at Nestle (second from right), together with GRSP CEO Barry Watson (second from left), extend the invitation to Mexico Red Cross President, Fernando Suinaga (left) with Mexican Red Cross Board Member Rodrigo de Villasante (right).

Fortaleza Prefecture strengthens law enforcement capacity of Traffic Agents and Municipal Guards

In November, GRSP and the Fortaleza Prefecture delivered masterclasses to better understand "Risk Factors and Effective Enforcement" for 50 City Municipality Traffic and Citizenship (AMC) traffic agents and 30 Municipal Guards.

Fortaleza is Brazil’s most densely populated city, with 2.5 million people living within 314,930km, and faces a number of road safety challenges. Through the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety, AMC and GRSP have identified that increasing the capability of the traffic police department, and specifically police officers, will have a dramatic impact on the city’s road safety outcomes.

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Second Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety, 18 - 19 November 2015 - Brasilia

The Second Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety took place in Brasilia on 18-19 November, 2015. The conference was a unique opportunity to bring together and reinvigorate road safety advocates and stakeholders from around the world, adding further impetus to the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety.

The Conference was attended by more than 2,200 delegates from more than 110 countries, including 70 ministers of transport, health and interior. Keynote speakers in the opening plenary included President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, Dr Margaret Chan, the Director of the World Health Organisation and Zoleka Mandela. The meeting adopted the Brasilia Declaration which confirmed support for the Sustainable Development Goal target to halve deaths and injuries caused by traffic crashes by 2020.

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Driving the road safety message home

The Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) hosted a side event on the second day of the General Assembly to present and discuss the work of the IFRC and its member National Societies in promoting road safety.

As road crashes have become among the leading causes of deaths and injuries in the world, the GRSP highlighted how National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies can promote good practices and adopt approaches that can limit the number of these tragedies.

The panel kicked off with a presentation on how road crashes have become a major global concern, killing and injuring millions of people every year, and how the IFRC came to recognize the importance of this issue and integrate road safety into its programmes.

The attendees then learned about initiatives and activities launched by the Turkish Red Crescent Society, the Mexican Red Cross and the Kazakh Red Crescent to promote road safety in their respective countries.

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Pictured left to right: Andrew Bradley, GRSP Chair; Mine Akdogan, Project Manager, Turkish Red Crescent; Barry Watson, GRSP CEO

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

November 15 marked World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR). WDR remembers the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families, friends and the many others who are also affected by road crashes. This year, GRSP provided guidance to grantees of the Global Advocacy and Grants Programme, funded through the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety, on strategic and innovative ways to leverage this global event to assist their advocacy campaigns.

In Russia, GRSP grantee Russian Red Cross (RRC) marked WDR by holding a high level meeting in collaboration with the Safety Commission of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation. The event brought together over 30 representatives of state and public organizations and the media to present the results of a survey they had conducted on the need for quality certified child restraints that are properly labeled and come with a detailed manual in Russian. During the meeting, participants agreed to develop a roadmap to bring Russia’s legislation into conformity with standard regulations in order to remove from the market goods that fail to meet safety requirements.

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Road policing workshops: Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia programme (TRACECA)

Ongoing professional development for traffic police is critical to updating skills and knowledge of best practice and emerging technology. In September, 150 traffic police from the Europe Caucasus Asia region took part in Train the Trainer (ToT) workshops to upskill in critical areas and to disseminate that training further in eight beneficiary countries—Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

The workshops provided skills development for traffic police in evidence-based, outcome-focused and data-led policing for mid-level traffic police officers both at the national and field levels. The workshops covered managing road safety and the Safe System Approach; crash and infringement data; communication with road users and the media; working in partnership with civil society organizations and road safety stakeholders to strengthen enforcement; and strategies for disseminating road safety knowledge and expertise.

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FIA High Level Panel for Road Safety

On 11 November, 2015, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) launched a High Level Panel for Road Safety at the United Nations in New York with the support of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, marking a major step forward in global road safety.

Bringing together an unprecedented coalition of senior decision makers in policy, business and public health, the FIA’s High Level Panel will engage both the public and the private sectors to raise funding and political awareness in response to the road safety crisis, and to remobilize support for the goals of the Decade of Action and for the new Sustainable Development Goals, which were approved at the latest UN General Assembly, and through which governments committed to halving road traffic fatalities by 2020. 

The panel of global leaders includes Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). GRSP CEO Dr Barry Watson has been appointed to the Advisory Group, and former CEO and current GRSP Africa Adviser Dr Pieter Venter has been appointed to the Experts Group. With such strong representation, GRSP is looking forward to contributing to the deliberations of the panel and identifying new approaches to help achieve the ambitious road safety targets.

Read more.

Other Links

GRSP South Africa Newsletter
GRSP South Africa is a leading example of National Road Safety Partnerships working with key stakeholders in-country toward positive road safety outcomes. Keep up with the latest programmes and impact through their latest newsletter.

Read the newsletter.

Save Kids Lives campaign
This year on ‘International Walk to School Day,’ on 7 October, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) released a new film, directed by Luc Besson, in support of road safety for children and the #SaveKidsLives campaign.

See the film.

'European Road Safety Film Festival'
Film can be a powerful engagement tool, delivering compelling and relatable messages on any topic. Road safety is no exception, which is why the Laser International Foundation held the 1st European road safety film festival.

Link to site.

Events Calendar

There's always a lot happening in the world of road safety, so to keep up to date with all coming events and seminars from right around the world, take a look at our events calendar. Or if you have a road safety event you would like to see on our calendar, please contact us and we'll be only too happy to include it.


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