Global Newsletter – JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2024

This year, let's make green and healthy communities a reality! 

Dear Friends and Supporters, 

As we wrapped up 2023, we were delighted to join with friends, new and old, at the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. One of the highlights of the two-day conference was the official launch of the Global Status Report on Road Safety 2023. 


Road deaths have fallen slightly to 1.19 million annually - a 5% drop since 2010. More than half of all UN Member States, including low-income countries, report a decline in deaths. Ten of these countries managed to halve deaths in the last ten years. This shows that a 50% reduction in a decade is possible.


While the Global Status Report 2023 offers hope, road carnage remains an urgent crisis. Rethinking mobility to prioritize walking, cycling, and public transport is essential for people and the planet, tackling global climate, health, and inequity crises. 


In this spirit, we were proud to host the first Green and Equitable Mobility Conference in January 2024  in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The objective of the GEM Conference was to encourage new partnerships and capacity-building to advance equity and sustainability in the mobility and transportation sector. Participants and speakers shared how safe, equitable, and sustainable mobility can positively impact our daily lives and future with a focus on the importance of empowering youth. 


In early 2024, we are also excited to share that for the first time, the Safe School Zones Guide Vietnam was officially handed over to the Ministry of Transport (MOT) of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam by Atsani Ariobowo, Director of Child & Youth Health at FIA Foundation. The SSZ Guide will be scaled up to build the evidence base to support legislation establishing a legal school zone definition in Vietnam. 


The Government of Cambodia has designated road safety as a top priority for all of its citizens. Recently, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport issued guidelines to change the traffic sign, reducing the speed limit traffic sign in school zones from a maximum of 40 km/h to 30 km/h. 30km/h speed limits are at the forefront of the new Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 to achieve the Global Goals of Sustainable Development.


As part of the latest expansion of the helmet legacy program, Helmets For Kids, a teacher training session took place in Bangkok, Thailand. The training aimed to promote community awareness of the life-saving importance of increasing child helmet use.


Looking towards 2024, we're filled with optimism for the exciting possibilities for positive change that lie ahead in the world of safe mobility. This year, let's continue to work together to make our communities safer, greener, cleaner, and more accessible for everyone.





Mirjam Sidik
CEO, AIP Foundation

 A special message from our Founder and President, Greig Craft 

In Memoriam
Daniel J. McHugh 
(January 12, 1957 - January 12, 2024) 
Today is a sad day for all of us at AIP Foundation as we say farewell to our dear friend Dan McHugh. Dan peacefully passed away in California in the arms of his loving family.
Our heartfelt thoughts are with his many friends and family all over the world during this difficult time.

AIP Foundation was honored by Dan McHugh's service as one of the first champions of our Helmets for Kids program, back in 1999. His dedicated service on our first Board of Directors, then ongoing contributions for 20 years on our Advisory Board were invaluable. Dan and his wife Lisa were major financial donors both personally, as well as helping to raise corporate contributions for children and families everywhere.

In celebrating Dan’s extraordinary life, his family invites you to read his obituary. This tribute not only honors his memory but also reflects on the indelible impact he had on everyone he encountered. 
Please access here. 

We will miss you Dan McHugh. Off to the stars on your next journey! 



​​AIP Foundation receives the AmCham CSR Recognition Award 2023 for its contribution to safer mobility across Vietnam
FIA Official website feature: GEM Conference 2024 pioneering sustainable mobility and inclusive partnerships
Asia Garment Hub: Read the interview with our CEO, Mirjam Sidik, advocating for safer commutes in Cambodia
FIA Foundation: Vietnamese Government visit to Melbourne encourages action for safe school zones


Kingdom of Cambodia issues new guidelines prioritizing safe school zones for every child 


Helmets for Kids program expands in Thailand with new safe mobility education for students and teachers
AIP Foundation Thailand joins the Royal Automobile Association of Thailand for its 90th Anniversary


The Power of Partnerships: United Kingdom and Vietnam host Inaugural Green and Equitable Mobility Conference in Vietnam Advocating for Human, Green, and Safe Mobility Rights
Safe Steps Kids Road Safety Program launches an online campaign for safety when traveling to and from school. 
Blueprint for Better Safety: Safe School Zones Guide Vietnam is officially handed over to Vietnam's Ministry of Transport


​​WHO Releases Global Status Report on Road Safety 2023

FIA Foundation publishes its Annual Review 2023


Global Road Safety Facility releases its Annual Report 2023

ActNow is the United Nations campaign to inspire people to act for SDGs! 

First FIA Youth and Mobility report launched supported by FIA Foundation.

Global Alliance Road Safety Community Impact Stories from around the world!

Press Release: New NGO advocacy initiative to drive implementation of life-saving policies

Building NGO capacity for impact. Read more here! 

The recently released Global Status Report on Road Safety 2023 offers a crucial overview of the progress and challenges in road safety worldwide. To dissect these issues, the Alliance recently convened an online session on NGOs and the Global Status Report with Nhan Tran, Head, Safety and Mobility, Department of the Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization (WHO). Find out more and re-watch the online session below. 

 Related and Upcoming News

Find out more about the General Assembly 2024 of the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety. 
ADB Blog: Speeding toward safety - how lower road travel speed saves lives 
Our warmest congratulations to the UNRSF for being awarded the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award 2023
You can still fill out the Global Youth Consultation - raise your voice today! This is your chance! 
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