Round the World Roundtables
Round the World Roundtables are an ongoing element of the Alliance’s #CommitToAct campaign. The roundtables are public events, organized by Alliance member NGOs, where local and national government authorities will make specific commitments for road safety action based on SMART targets. The aim of the roundtables is to strengthen NGOs’ engagement with their governments through meaningful commitments that can be tracked to make sure that they are put into action.
The roundtables are being held during the lead-up to the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, in Sweden in February 2020. Commitments made at the Round the World Roundtables and the progress that has been made in putting them into action will be presented by the Alliance at the Ministerial Conference.
We hope that Alliance members around the world will take up the challenge to run a Round the World Roundtable. However, significant effort and engagement with decision makers is needed: Round the World Roundtables will almost certainly be the result of long term ongoing advocacy and existing relationships with decision makers.
How can I get involved?
- Read more about #CommitToAct and hear Lotte Brondum explain the overall campaign HERE.
- Find out if you are ready to hold a Round the World Roundtable with the first part of our toolkit:
Events so far
Vietnam — 19 March 2019
The first roundtable event was held in Hanoi, Vietnam, and was attended by Jean Todt and Nguyen Van The, Minister of Transport and Permanent Vice Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC). A commitment was made to increase helmet wearing among children, ban counterfeit helmets and enforce compliance of quality helmets, ensure successful implementation of the road safety action plan, and present these commitments at the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Sweden. Read the press release HERE.
Ecuador — 2 August 2019
At the Round the World Roundtable in Ecuador, government agencies — including the ministries of Transportation and Public Works, Interior, Tourism, and Public Health, plus the transit authorities, municipalities, police, and judicial system — committed to work together to improve road safety awareness in the country. Read more HERE.
Colombia — 5 August 2019
Two roundtables were held in Bogotá, Colombia, on the same day. This was a significant opportunity for both the executive and legislative powers to give their commitment to act for child safety. At both roundtables, the same commitment was signed. The commitment, which Mary Bottagisio, of Colombian Alliance member Por la Via Por la Vida, had a key role in helping to draft, included promises for plans, policies, and programs to guarantee the safety of children and adolescents. Read more HERE.
Argentina — 5 September 2019
The commitment signed at the first roundtable in Neuquen recognizes the vulnerability of women and promises to promote active, safe, and sustainable mobility, with particular emphasis on cycling policies. It states that local government is dedicated to supporting the implementation of public policies that raise the threshold of road safety in general, with special attention to women. Read more HERE.
European Union— 16 September 2019
The Round the World Roundtables were a part of the opening ceremony for European Mobility Week in September. Violeta Bulc, the EU Commissioner for Transport, and Mikael Nyberg, representing Finland, which currently holds the EU presidency, presented the EU’s and Member States’ commitment to reducing road deaths and serious injuries by 50% between 2020 and 2030 to Lotte Brondum, the Alliance’s Executive Director. Alongside this, European cities, coordinated by Polis and Eurocities committed to a declaration of principles for safe and sustainable mobility. Read more HERE.
Argentina — 22 September 2019
At a roundtable held at the 4º Congreso de Medicina del Trabajo (4th Congress of Occupational Medicine), commitment was received for better post-crash care equipment in local hospitals and the implementation of a new triage system. Also under discussion at the roundtable was collaboration between civil society, companies, and government bodies to detect and reduce drug and alcohol consumption by drivers. Read more HERE.
India — 22 October 2019
The commitment signed at the roundtable in Jaipur promises that hospital staff and police officials will be provided with training and written materials to ensure they are aware of the law and treat Good Samaritans justly, fairly, and without undue inconvenience. By acting on this commitment, response times will be reduced and lives will be saved on the roads. Read more HERE.
Bangladesh — 27 October 2019
To support implementation of the new Road Transport Act, Nirapad Sarak Chai held a Round the World Roundtable, hosted by Ilias Kanchen, Chairman of the NGO and a well-known Bangladeshi campaigner and actor. At the roundtable, Nazrul Islam, Secretary of Road Transport and Highway Division on behalf of the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges, signed a commitment to eliminate the number of drivers without licences and drivers with fake licences by 2025. Read more HERE.
Benin — 7 November 2019
Commitment at government level was obtained to build new and more efficient road infrastructure (speed bumps, road signs, pedestrian crossings, etc.) around at least 60 schools in Benin by 31 December 2020. Read more HERE.
Brazil — 8 November 2019
Thiago Gonzaga Foundation and the City of Porto Alegre have formed a partnership to launch the ‘Safe Way’ project. This project will be the first in Brazil to use the iRAP Star Rating for Schools (SR4S) tool. It will also run community-government workshops, to provide evidence-based information on risks that children are exposed to around school zones. Read more HERE.
Argentina — 19 November 2019
A commitment at national and local levels to distribute a Guide for Victims throughout Argentina so as to help those who suffer a road crash and also to see how both at National and local level, road crashes can be avoided.
Philippines — 22 November 2019
Alliance member Safe Kids Worldwide Philippines (SKWP) hosted a Round the World Roundtable in Pasay City, Philippines, to ask government agencies to commit to action to increase the use of helmets and improve the safety of walking conditions for children around school zones in the country. Read more HERE.