PRESS RELEASE: Alliance Receives Prestigious Road Safety Award

At a ceremony in London, UK, the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety (the Alliance) was honored to receive a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award. The award is one of the most prestigious in the global road safety world and the Alliance is extremely proud to be one of this year’s recipients.

The Alliance received the award for its efforts through the Alliance Empowerment Program to increase the quality of member NGOs work and to strengthen their ability to plan, identify funding, implement, and evaluate relevant advocacy activities that lead to community mobilization, press attention, and legislative change.

The Empowerment Program is the Alliance’s flagship capacity building program. Funded and supported by FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), it is a multi-year program incorporating face-to-face training, webinars, and mentoring. It uses in-house expertise to enable stronger, more experienced members of the Alliance to share their skills and knowledge with others in the member community.

Launched in 2016 and informed by a learning needs assessment, the program is already demonstrating an impact. Graduates have so far been instrumental in the implementation of a national seat belt law in Tunisia, which saw road deaths fall within the first month, and a new law in the Philippines requiring children to wear helmets on motorcycles. Initial results from the program are documented in the Alliance’s action brief “Walking the Talk”.

“We are extremely honored to receive this award and humbled by the recognition, which we believe also belongs to all our members who each day strive to make a difference and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for Road Safety,” said Lotte Brondum, Executive Director, the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety.

“Through our FedEx Cares program and Road Safety initiative, FedEx is committed to making roads safer worldwide,” said David J. Bronczek, President and Chief Operating Officer, FedEx Corp. “In 2015, FedEx committed to fund and support the Alliance Empowerment Program as a means to equip NGOs to play their part in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. On behalf of more than 400,000 FedEx team members across the globe, congratulations to the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety on this prestigious award. This award and initial results from the program demonstrate that the Alliance is achieving its objectives and strengthening the road safety NGO community.”

Notes for editors:

The Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety was established in 2012 by the World Health Organization (WHO) and NGO members of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration as an umbrella organization for road safety and road victim NGOs around the world. It currently represents more than 200 members in over 85 countries, ranging from large NGOs working across a number of countries to small grassroots organizations resourced by volunteers. It works through networking and sharing, advocacy, and capacity building. www.roadsafetyngos.org

The Prince established his awards scheme in 1987, the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards recognize achievement and innovation in road safety worldwide. Each year the most outstanding examples of international road safety initiatives are given public recognition through the scheme and the winners are invited to a Gala Presentation held in London. www.roadsafetyawards.com

For enquiries, please contact: Liz Man, Communication Manager: liz@roadsafetyngos.org

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