At the annual awards luncheon at the Savoy, London in the presence of the Patron, HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO, the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) has been awarded the prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award.
Each year the most outstanding examples of international road safety initiatives are given public recognition through the scheme and form part of the Prince’s commitment to the UN Global Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.
In earning this award, GRSP demonstrated over an extended period how its unique partnership model brings together the multiple voices, experiences, expertise and resources of the private sector, public sector and civil society, with singular purpose, to make transport systems safer. GRSP’s model of building multi-sectorial partnerships that meet the social objectives of communities, create stable social and financial environments, and benefit the long-term interests of the business sector shows innovation rarely seen, and most importantly, delivers sustainable impact at the global, regional, national and local levels.
Since establishment in 1999 and now working in 36 countries with the support of an active member base, GRSP has been committed to developing and expanding its partnership model to reduce deaths and serious injuries on the roads:
- The Global Road Safety Initiative (GRSI), one of the world’s largest private sector road safety collaborations, engages in projects in eight countries and is now into its ninth year proving the long term benefits the private sector can realize through investment in partnership.
- Over 10 years of involvement and evolution, the GRSP designed Proactive Partnership Strategy has developed into a globally recognized and highly effective road safety management system.
- GRSP provides ongoing support to NGOs to advocate for safer roads. Recently, one supported NGO was successful in removing liquor sellers from Punjab highways, another NGO has moved a ‘Good Samaritan Law’ through the Indian Parliament and GRSP is supporting the passage of a helmet wearing law though the Council of Jurists in Cambodia.
- GRSP has developed resources to encourage Red Cross Red Crescent’s network of 189 National Societies to prioritize and implement good practice road safety. This initiative has the further potential to harness the power of volunteerism through the Red Cross Red Crescent’s estimated 13 million active volunteers.
The GRSP model is also proven as replicable and sustainable – key factors in contributing the the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety and in achieving the organization’s mission of a sustainable reduction in road safety death and injury.
HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO is Patron of the Commission for Global Road Safety. Since 1987 The Prince’s Awards have given public recognition to those who have improved road safety throughout Britain, with the International Road Safety Awards recognizing outstanding achievement and innovation world-wide.