The “Safe Roads / Safe Kids” summit took place on December 8 and 9. The event was organized by Safe Kids Worldwide and aims to improve road safety visibility on the international agenda in order to reduce child injuries and deaths. The Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez, through its Research Coordinator, Florencia Lambrosquini, made a presentation on "Articulation Between the Third Sector and Regional Governments to Manage Child Road Safety".
Among attendees to the event there were road safety leaders, such as Jean Todt - UN´s special envoy -, Saul Billingsley from FIA Foundation, Lotte Brondum from Global Alliance of NGOs, Shane O’Connor from FedEx, Julio Urzúa from International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP), Marc Shotten and Soames Job from the World Bank, Margie Peden from the World Health Organization, and Cornelius Williams from UNICEF, among others.
Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez´s presentation was part of the panel “A Leap Forward in Child Road Safety” moderated by Grant Baldwin from the Centers for Disease Control in the US.
Lambrosquini explained that the Fundación in its role as third sector, and based on work conducted in Uruguay, has started "an effective articulation with different governments in the region, through their Road Safety Agencies, to implement different lines of action, such as Research, Training and Advocacy". In this sense, she said, the Fundación has conducted "more than 10 joint studies with strategic partners, both at national and international level, generating contents and management guidelines that contribute to the design and implementation of public policies."
Regarding Training, the Research Coodinator explained that "one of the main objectives of the Fundación is to replicate road safety best practices, mainly through training sessions on Child Restraint Systems (CRS). These sessions were carried out with governments from Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia and Chile, providing training to more than 50 instructors.
Lambrosquini highlighted results in Chile and Argentina regarding direct consultation on legislative regulations for promotion and training: “We have contributed to CHILE having a more complete regulation taking into account children´s transportation and training staff from the 15 regions dependent on CONASET and other public and private institutions, setting up a network of trained staff nationwide. Nowadays, Chile has a national road safety plan specifically focused on children.
About Argentina, she mentioned they are working with the government of Buenos Aires, implementing training courses, and with the National Road Safety Agency (ANSV) looking for a way to define guidelines to have this regulation implemented nationwide.
Lambrosquini said that current articulation with regional governments is based on "providing them with the appropriate/right tools to implement public actions and policies to improve child mobility." Along those lines she highlighted that "the main tool we have been using is training, because the people are trained not only to install CRSs, but also to get involved in child road safety, to make them aware of the importance of their use."
She also commented that the Fundación´s main contribution is its experience, which allows it to "provide relevant data and technical tools in child mobility that can be used in any country in LAC Region."
The Fundación thanks Kate Carr, Safe Kids Worldwide CEO, for the invitation to take part in such an important event.
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