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Global Newsletter – JUNE 2023

Dear Friends and Supporters,

 

This has been a truly memorable month for all of us at AIP Foundation as we immersed ourselves in worldwide celebrations marking the 7th United Nations Global Road Safety Week (UNGRSW). We had an amazing time celebrating UNGRSW in all of the countries that we operate in. 

 

Under the theme of #RethinkMobility, we joined the international community in calling on policymakers and decision-makers to make walking, cycling, and public transport safe and convenient, especially for vulnerable road users like youth, so that cities can shift to more active and sustainable modes of mobility.

 

In Cambodia, factory workers spoke up for their right to safe mobility on their way to work. At the same time, students in Vietnam encouraged decision-makers to switch to green mobility options through a Community Bike Day 2023. In Thailand, students volunteered to #RethinkMobility with local government officials to make their school zone safer. 

 

Our very own colleagues, Dat Truong, Fatou Jallow, and Jimmy Tang, also shared their visions and dreams for a safer and greener environment as part of the global Twitter Storm hosted by the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety. Together during the one-hour Twitter storm, we raised our voices with our friends and partners through over 1,200 posts, a projected reach of 774,000, and 6 million projected impressions

 

In Southern Thailand, secondary school students of Songkhla Satun as youth ambassadors and future leaders were empowered to take a stand on the decision-making stage at the UNGRSW Road Safety Day 2023. The Road Safety Day presented a unique opportunity for students to advocate for safe mobility directly to the decision-makers.

 

Youth are at the heart of our international efforts to #RethinkMobility. To raise young voices from our model city for Safe School Zones and green mobility, Pleiku City hosted the first Vietnam Youth Forum on Sustainable Mobility and Traffic Safety around school zones. The students attending the Youth Forum were empowered to lead the presentation of the key messages on green and safe mobility to their peers and decision-makers in their community.

 

We are also proud to share that we are scaling up the success of our safe school zones model city of Pleiku to schools nationwide. In an effort to safeguard the lives of young students on their journeys to school, AIP Foundation, in partnership with the FIA Foundation, has developed the Safe School Zones Guide (SSZ Guide). This SSZ Guide is a reliable blueprint to address on a larger scale the safe mobility issue around schools across the country. Based on the encouraging results of the Pilot study, the SSZ Guide will be scaled up to build the evidence base to support legislation establishing a legal school zone definition in Vietnam to safeguard every student on their journey to and from school. 

 

While the campaigns around the world wrap up for the 7th UN Global Road Safety Week, we know that our work as an NGO does not stop here. Our time to #RethinkMobility on a global scale is only just starting now.

 

As we jump into summer, we are preparing for the Annual Best Practices workshop to safeguard factory workers on their commutes to and from work in Cambodia. We know that there is much more work to be done, but with partners and friends like you, we know that we do not pave the way forward on our own. 

 

Will you join us? 

 

Please read on.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mirjam Sidik
CEO, AIP Foundation

EXPLORE OUR WORK:

 Global

Celebrating the 7th UN Global Road Safety Week 2023 with a united message for safe mobility. Read more about the activities across the countries where we work! 

 
A new report, “Improving Road Safety for Urban Children,” was launched by the FIA Foundation, Save the Children, and Cities 4 Children Global Alliance. 
 
AIP Foundation joins the international Twitter Storm hosted by the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety to urge leaders to #RethinkMobility. 
AIP Foundation Program Manager, Piseth Im, featured in the #RethinkMobility video launched by the Global Alliance for UNGRSW 2023. 

 Cambodia

Factory workers in Cambodia speak up as part of the #RethinkMobility 7th UN Global Road Safety Week campaign.

 Thailand

A worldwide movement with a united message: celebrating the 7th UN Global Road Safety Week in Songkhla Province, Thailand

 Vietnam

Driving national change to safeguard every child on every journey to and from school across Vietnam. 
Youth Forum on Sustainable Mobility in Vietnam put students' voices in the spotlight to #RethinkMobility together. 

 BEYOND

Beyond Fatalities: The Hidden Health Burden of Unsafe Roads By Nneka Henry, Head of the UN Road Safety Fund, and Rob McInerney, Chief Executive Officer for the international Road Assessment Programme (iRAP)
 
For the 7th UN Global Road Safety Week, YOURS - Youth for Road Safety Advocacy and Campaigns Director Sana’a Khasawneh joined Dr. Etienne Krug from the World Health Organization to talk about how transport and mobility affect global health and sustainable cities.

 Related and Upcoming News

The Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety will hold a series of capacity-building sessions to strengthen the ability of NGOs to integrate the Toolkit into their advocacy programs. Training dates: Thursday 6 July, and Thursday 3 August 2023. 
 
 
Registration is open! Held annually, the iRAP Innovation Workshop is an invitation-only event that brings together policy and technical leaders along with investment experts and those with the capacity to implement change and eliminate high-risk roads.
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