iRAP has played a leading role in one of 2017’s largest gatherings of NGOs committed to halving road deaths and serious injuries by 2020.
The 5th Global Meeting of NGOs for Road Safety, which was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at the beginning of April, was attended by advocates from more than 60 countries across the world. The conference was sponsored by, among others, Fedex, which is partnering with iRAP to develop the Star Rating for Schools model.
‘iRAP were main players in three of the sessions,’ said Julio Urzua, Regional Director, Latin America and the Caribbean (pictured right with delegates at a workshop), who represented iRAP. ‘We had 30 participants for an iRAP-hosted presentation on Road Star Ratings and the role of NGOs. This was a great opportunity to encourage people to join the 3-Star Coalition and encourage local road authorities to establish their own programme in their countries and encourage 3-star or better targets for existing roads and new projects’.
The Star Rating for Schools project – which will use infrastructure improvements to give children safer journeys to school – was a hot topic at the plenary session and at the Road Infrastructure, Safer School Zones session which was hosted by iRAP and AMEND and attracted strong interest from delegates from Africa and Asia.
‘The delegates were particularly interested in Star Rating for Schools.’ Julio said. ‘They have very high expectations of the difference it can make and are looking forward to using it.’
iRAP’s role in improving road safety infrastructure was also referenced by Malaysia’s Minister of Transport, The Honourable Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, in his opening speech for the conference. Last year, Malaysia committed to delivering 75% of travel on 3-star or better roads, and the Minister acknowledged the role iRAP had played in helping with the road assessments.
The conference closed with all the delegates signing the Declaration of Malaysia. It committed the road safety community to implementing practical, evidence-based measures to improve road safety and post-crash responses and called for all other stakeholders to “partner meaningfully in these efforts.”