On 4-5 April 2013 the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety hosted the Third Global Meeting of NGOs Advocating for Road Safety and Road Victims. Over 60 member NGOs gathered in Antalya, Turkey, to share their knowledge, experiences and good practices on road safety.

EASST Director Emma MacLennan and Automobile Club of Moldova Project Manager Tatiana Mihailova delivered a joint presentation on EASST’s work on police reform in Moldova. EASST’s report on “Road Safety Enforcement and Traffic Policing in Moldova” initiated a broad and successful programme by the Moldovan Government to tackle corruption, build professional standards and improve resources for the Road Police. Serghei Diaconu, former President of the ACM, has been leading these reforms and has now been appointed Deputy Chief of the Moldovan Police.

Emma MacLennan and Tatiana Mihailova present on EASST’s police reform project

Also representing EASST in Antalya were partners from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation and Ukraine, including Vusal Rajabli of HAYAT NGO, Gela Kvashilava of Partnership for Road Safety, Chinara Kasmambetova of Road Safety NGO, Alexander Revskiy and Anastasia Bakhmutova of Road Safety Russia and Yegor Kalashnikov of the Road Safety Support Foundation in Ukraine.

The meeting was chaired by Jeffrey Witte, Executive Director of the NGO Amend with assistance from Floor Lieshout, Director of the organisation Youth for Road Safety. Other speakers included Dr Etienne Krug, Director at World Health Organization and Chair of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration, Mr. Marc Shotten, Senior Transport Specialist at the World Bank and Professor Adnan Hyder, Director international injury research unit at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In addition, an expert panel discussion on road safety funding was held with panelists David Ward, Secretary General at the FIA Foundation, and Raoul Powlowski of the Global Road Safety Partnership. Break-out sessions took place on Social Media, Victim Support, Evaluation Methods and Legislative Advocacy, providing further opportunities for NGOs from all over the world to present their work and develop partnership with other members.

EASST’s partners take part in the Long Short Walk in Antalya

Delegates to the Global Meeting participated in a ‘Long Short Walk‘ event on the streets of Antalya to raise awareness of the importance of pedestrian safety. EASST partners plan similar events in their countries as part of the UN Global Road Safety Week in early May.

The meeting closed with the first General Assembly for the Alliance member NGOs, which will give direction to the future steps of the Alliance.