Mongolia joins the EASST network
We are delighted to announce that we have expanded our EASST family once more as we welcome the Global Shapers Ulaanbaatar Hub as our new local road safety partner in Mongolia.
The Global Shapers community is a network of inspiring young people under the age of 30 working together to address local, regional and global challenges. With more than 7,000 members, the Global Shapers Community, which is a World Economic Forum initiative, spans 369 city-based hubs in 171 countries. The Global Shapers Ulaanbaatar Hub is a diverse but collective group of young people committed to shaping a better future in Mongolia and beyond.
Through initiatives such as the #UBeSafe, the Mongol Ger Project, Media Excellence Fellowship and Young Sustainable Leadership programmes, Global Shapers Ulaanbaatar nourish cross-sector, cross-Hub and cross-culture partnerships to improve the local and regional community in the areas of road safety, preservation of cultural heritage, and youth involvement for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
1.25 million people die globally due to road traffic crashes, with 60 per cent of these deaths taking place in Asia and the Pacific. Mongolia has the 7th highest road fatality rate of all Asian Development Bank member countries. The Global Shapers Ulaanbaatar Hub believes that youth have to be involved in finding the solutions to this alarming trend.
The #UBeSAFE road safety awareness campaign is a project initiated by Global Shapers Ulaanbaatar in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank and partnership with the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Road and Transportation and the Traffic Police of Mongolia. The project aims to improve the road safety management and operations to enhance the quality of life and to support sustainable socio-economic development in Mongolia. A carefully orchestrated media campaign reached 1 million people and is expected to improve road safety and decrease poor driving behaviour. One of the main accomplishments is the campaign’s pursuit of getting Mongolian traffic law to adopt the requirements of having child safety carseats for children under 10 years of age, which came to an effect as of November 1, 2018.
With this exciting and impressive achievement already under their belts, we are super excited to see what comes next as we work together to improve road safety in Mongolia.