The road crash related fatalities and injuries are among the top public health problems worldwide. There are facts around this: the number of annual fatalities caused by road traffic crashes had reached 1.35 million according to global status report on Road Safety 2018, injuries related to road crashes are the leading cause of death among people aged 5-29. Youth for Road Safety (YOURS) has seen this and took initiative to gather 200 young road safety delegates from 74 countries across the world for the 2nd World Youth Assembly for Road Safety
that took place in Stockholm, Sweden. This article intends to share with you what different youth delegates enjoyed and experienced during the Assembly. These are different thoughts of young delegates who attended assembly.
Nattasuang Phakkawan from Thailand said″ The Thai red cross asked me to attend this assembly. I really liked the energy and motivations that they gave to all of us. Our voice could be possibly make something change in a better way. And now I go back to Thailand with full of energy to say 'Enough is enough ' Time for change”
Sammi Li from China “I was impressed by the high energy, high level of engagement, very positive spirit from young and bright leaders and Inspired by the modern format of the event (e.g live street art and rap music performance). That’s the way to go when you want to create fun and real inspiration to incite the youth to like and to retain the given message on a given topic. Great mix of presentation of facts and practical workshops related to SDGs where each delegate made at least one concrete commitment to change. The most important part of the event was obviously the Global Youth Statement which will serve as a guiding star to the young delegates driving action in their home town.”
Linda Kemoli from Kenya “The WAY (World Youth Assembly) as was insightful. I learned so much from the panel discussions as well as the parallel one and interacted with people from nations across the world that are passionate about the same cause (road safety). I felt driven to continue working towards this cause (road safety), feeling reassured that there are many other young people around the world that are doing the same!”
Dr. Farah Naz Rahman from Bangladesh “I work in a public health NGO of Bangladesh which works on road safety. I get to know about 2nd World Youth Assembly from my office contacts. It was very different from the regular conferences. It was so vibrant, youthful and very engaging. I love the instructiveness and diversity of the conference most. Youths all over the world doing commendable works on road safety was highly inspiring”
Daniela from Argentina “It was an interesting experience. Got to know more about other ways to promote road safety trough the experience of the other young people”
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Providence Klugan from Ghana “It was amazing! The ability to interact and learn from fellow age mates and put together a statement claiming our space. I really enjoyed the energy, there wasn't a single dull moment!”
Maolin Macatangay from Philippines said " I am part of the Global Youth Task force who organized the 2nd World Youth Assembly for Road Safety. I found the assembly to be an immense success. I saw that the youth delegates were extremely passionate about their commitments for safer roads and safer mobility. It leaves me to wonder whether they've always had this energy and was just waiting for the perfect platform to express it. Everything was a breath of fresh air and it left me with so much hope for our society and the next generation."
The last one to share his view is Steve Manyozo from Malawi who stated “The 2nd World Youth Assembly on Road Safety was an amazing opportunity for a galvanized youth movement for the course of road safety. The big foot print for me was when we (the youth of the world) delivered the Youth Statement on Road Safety at the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference”
Before concluding this article let me quote Omnia’s powerful statement She mentioned when She was delivering her speech in 3rd ministerial conference She said “Let us be the last generation facing this global road safety crisis!”
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