The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is one of three components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – the world’s largest humanitarian network, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.
The other two components are the 190 National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Founded in 1919, the IFRC supports the 190 member Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, through a secretariat in Geneva and more than 60 delegations around the world.
The IFRC vision
To inspire, encourage, facilitate and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies, with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering, and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.
The IFRC carries out relief operations to assist victims of disasters, and combines this with development work to strengthen the capacities of its member National Societies. The IFRC’s work focuses on four core areas: promoting humanitarian values, disaster response, disaster preparedness, and health and community care. Further details can be found at: www.ifrc.org
National society engagement in road safety
In 2014 GRSP conducted a mapping project involving 142 National Societies to assess the capacity of National Societies to engage with road safety.
The data presented in this document and in our IFRC engagement interactive map serves to provide the greatest-to-date level of visibility of the scope of work currently being undertaken in this field through the National Society and volunteer networks.
It also serves as both a guide to the potential work that could be instigated, and a conduit for enhanced sharing and communication on matters of road safety between National Societies themselves, and with the Global Road Safety Partnership.
The IFRC and road safety
In its 1998 World Disasters Report, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies was one of the first organizations to ring the alarm bell about the catastrophic number of traffic deaths and injuries at the global level, and their dramatic consequences on people and livelihoods.
Following this report, the IFRC, the World Bank and the British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), decided to create the Global Road Safety Partnership to bring together governments and governmental agencies, the private sector and civil society to urgently address road safety issues, especially in low- and middle-income countries, where 85% of traffic deaths and injuries occur, and where numbers continue to increase.
The Global Road Safety Partnership has become the IFRC’s reference centre on road safety, to facilitate access by all National Societies to road safety global expertise.
National Societies were recognized as key partners in the March 2010 UN Resolution on Road Safety, which proclaims a Decade of Action for Road Safety from 2011 to 2020, and indeed, a 2014 mapping project conducted with 142 National Societies (see above) reported that 70% were engaged in road safety.
A pledge on road safety was presented for signature by National Societies and their respective governments at the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, held in Geneva from 28 November to 1 December 2011, and was again presented at the General Assembly held in Sydney in November 2013 to look at progress, share succuess stories, discuss challenges and invite more National Societies to do more across the 5 pillars of the Decade of Action for Road Safety.
The pledge supports the implementation of UN Resolution 64/255 on Improving Global Road Safety by committing National Societies and their governments to work together to reduce road crash death and injury, improve road safety through Decade of Action activities and mobilise new resources to implement evidence-based multi-sector programmes. Click here for the pledge (in five languages): Global Road Safety Partnership Open Pledge on Road Safety.
Individual road safety commitment
One of the programmes the Global Road Safety Partnership has developed for the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the Individual Road Safety Commitment Card.
This is a 10 point road safety card. The aim is that an individual commits to implementing all ten of these key road safety behaviours, and by so doing, is making an individual contribution towards the achievement of the Decade of Action for Road Safety.
Together with the card there is an explanatory booklet that describes why the ten points are crucial to keeping an individual safe. The card and the booklet are also available in Arabic, French, Russian, and Spanish – more languages are being developed. Please contact us at [email protected] if you would like further information.