Between 5 and 7 December 2023, the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), together with the Asian Development Bank and the Asia-Pacific Road Safety Observatory, convened a regional Asia-Pacific road safety seminar at the ADB headquarters in Manila, the Philippines. This flagship event on the road safety calendar reached out to a diverse body of stakeholders including government ministries and national-lead agencies, development banks, road policing agencies, research institutions, private sector organizations, and road safety-focused civil society organizations.
Over 220 participants contributed to a rich agenda that included leading topics in current road safety conversation, such as new funding models, the role of gender in transport planning, road safety legal frameworks, speed management, the role of road safety in child and youth well-being, and much more. For a more comprehensive view of the topics covered in the seminar, please refer to the full agenda here.
The overall aim of the seminar was to give participants a deeper understanding of effective, evidence-based interventions which can be applied towards the goals of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030.
“The partnership platform provided by GRSP is unique and this seminar is its embodiment. Here, we found colleagues, potential partners and experts focusing on a topic so close to our hearts, decreasing road trauma and death,” said Benoît de Maynadier, CEO of Muller Automotive.
Of a similar view was Michael Chippendale, Manager, Communications, Membership and Project Support at the GRSP. “As we were organizing this event, we had some conversations discussing if large in-person conferences were a thing of the past – however we firmly believe in the power of partnerships and of relationship-building, so we decided to push ahead. The road safety community responded positively and gathered in numbers for these three days in Manila with a clear purpose, finding innovative and effective ways to continue contributing to the decrease of death and injuries on the roads.”. He added, “We were also tremendously pleased to see many colleagues from the private sector providing their unique perspective. These dialogues are key as no institution alone can turn the tide on this man-made humanitarian disaster.”.
Have a look at the Flickr event photostream HERE.