Young leaders from across the world will gather to take action on their biggest public health threat of their time; road traffic crashes. Together, we will be #ClaimingOurSpace for safer mobility and at the decision-making table!
The Assembly will feature a full-day of programming that brings together young advocates, campaigners, innovators and change-makers who are committed to combating road traffic injuries. The Assembly will explore road safety and crosscutting solutions to challenge the number one cause of death for youth (aged 15-29). It will be action oriented, intergenerational, and inclusive, with representation of young leaders from all over the world.
The 2nd World Youth Assembly for Road Safety will take place in Stockholm on the 18th of February 2020, as an official pre-event of the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety.
the global goals
Today, over 3 billion people are under the age of 25 — they are the largest generation of youth in history. Close to 90 per cent of them live in developing countries, where they make up a large proportion of the population. Connected to each other like never before, young people want to and already contribute to the resilience of their communities, proposing innovative solutions, driving social progress and inspiring political change. They are also agents of change, mobilizing to advance the Global Goals to improve the lives of people and the health of the planet.
Youth-led organizations need to be encouraged and empowered to participate in translating the Global Goals into local, national and regional policy. They play a significant role in the implementation, monitoring and review of the Global Goals as well as in holding governments accountable. With political commitment and adequate resources, young people have the potential to make the most effective transformation of the world into a better place for all.
Road safety issues, their consequences and possible solutions, are included in the Global Goals and are closely linked to other sustainability challenges, such as climate change, health, equality, poverty and human rights. For this reason, the Assembly will include themes that relate to several aspects of sustainability, all of which contribute to reducing the number of road traffic fatalities.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
Goal of the Assembly: To save young lives on the world’s roads, by: mobilizing and inspiring global youth to take action for road safety; empowering young people and push for meaningful youth engagement on designing, implementing and evaluating a safe mobility system.
The theme of the Assembly is #ClaimingOurSpace - young people will be claiming their space to safe mobility and at the decision-making table!
Objectives of the Assembly:
Energize the global youth movement
by boosting youth networks and movements for road safety;
Empower young people
through the development of youth capacities for meaningful participation in
Provide a platform
to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, experience and solutions among young people and subject matter experts;
to promote road safety through creative expressions like art, music and cultural activities;
CONnnect and build partnerships
to bring youth and relevant stakeholders from a broader health, mobility and youth leadership context together;
INSPIRE Global Youth
to inspire them to take concrete action at a local level and encourage them to unite with other youth initiatives.
The 1st World Youth Assembly for Road Safety took place over a decade ago in 2007. It was the a global gathering of young people for road safety, hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO). It was held at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland as part of the first ever UN Global Road Safety Week. The Assembly brought together 200 young people from around the world to tackle road safety as the biggest killer of young people globally.
A movement was born, action was taken but much more needs to be done.
Since then, the life of young people has progressed and changed dramatically. Young people, with unique skills and perspectives in today’s ever-evolving world are at the forefront of communication, technology, innovation, and change but not necessarily subject to the reality they face in terms of road safety. Their leadership remains underutilized. It is crucial to invite young people to meaningfully participate in road safety to not only empower them on the situation but to involve the formulation of a solution that is relevant to their lives. This is what the 2nd World Youth Assembly aims to re-energize.
Some pictures from the First World Youth Assembly for Road Safety that took place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland in 2007.