Dear Friends and Supporters,
Innovation is now at the heart of global road safety, with emphasis on adapting technologies to the Safe System as shared in the Global Plan launched on October 28th. We were truly honored to join the international community of leading road safety experts in celebrating the launch of the Global Plan as part of the Second Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030. With the ambitious target of preventing at least 50% of road traffic deaths by 2030, the only way to ensure success is to innovate together for change.
AIP Foundation acted for change as we handed over the Global Plan to relevant Government ministers in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. The Global Plan is a blueprint for national and local road safety agendas in our region. We were proud that Vietnam was mentioned as one of the first countries to hand over the Plan.
Keeping in mind that change only happens when working together with Governments in leading and coordinating a country’s road safety strategy, I was pleased to join the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration side event at the 2nd United Nations Sustainable Transport Conference to discuss critical legislation needed for safer road use.
In Vietnam, we have been working in close collaboration with Government officials for many years. We are thus proud to announce this month, the success of our Slow Zones, Safe Zones program, that will be scaled up nationwide through the signing of the Safe School Zones Guide Partnership Framework. The aim of the 4-year program is to apply the SSZ Guide nationally, outlining mandatory engineering parameters for all school zones in Vietnam including 30km/h speed limits.
Expanding our existing work on safe road infrastructures, the innovative AI&Me program was recently launched in Vietnam. Through the program, young people will have a digital platform to self-advocate for safer roads for life. At the iRAP Innovation Workshop 2021, Ms. Shanna Lucchesi, iRAP Project Coordinator and I, shared the latest updates of our newest AI and Big data program, AI&Me.
Innovation is also venturing out to off-beaten-tracks, with AIP Foundation committing to improve the safety of vulnerable road users. Earlier this month we launched the results of a Feasibility Study providing practical solutions to address dangerous garment and footwear factory transport in Cambodia. The Feasibility Study examines and identifies the best methods and practices to transition from unsafe collective transport to safer alternatives thereby saving lives.