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Child Road Safety in the Americas

A UN Global Road Safety Week Regional Congress


Child Road Safety in the Americas

A UN Global Road Safety Week Regional Congress


San Jose, Costa Rica May 7-8, 2015

during United Nations Global Road Safety Week

The Child Road Safety in the Americas Congress, taking place on May 7-8, 2015, during UN Global Road Safety Week, addresses the important public health and sustainable development issue of child road safety in the region, with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Because collaboration among disciplines and sectors is essential, participants will include leaders from countries throughout the Americas and globally, who represent government agencies, NGOs, survivor groups, private sector organizations, medical associations, development agencies, and global organizations working to improve road safety. This conference will bring new organizations together with those with a long history of work in the field.
The Congress will include a high-level event with key political, public health, and road safety leaders in the region, organized in collaboration with the Government of Costa Rica. In addition, there will be a pre-conference road safety event open to the public at the National Children’s Hospital of Costa Rica (Hospital Nacional de Niños) on May 6, 2015.

Conference agenda topics will span the five pillars of the framework of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. Taking place at the mid-point of the Decade during Global Road Safety Week, which WHO has designated with the theme of “Children and Road Safety,” the conference will feature success stories from LAC that may be adapted elsewhere in the region to improve national and local child road safety. The protection of children as motor vehicle passengers and vulnerable road users will be emphasized. Specifically, emphasis will be given to promoting the use of child restraint systems and protection of child pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcycle riders. Conference outcomes will include a consensus document on next steps for collaboration in the region, information sharing, and capacity building for child road safety in the region. Conference languages are Spanish and English.



Registration Information is in the next section.

Hotel: Barceló San José Palacio

Costa Rica Information: Visit Costa Rica

For more information, please contact Katrina Boylan.

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Child Road Safety in the Americas:

A UN Global Road Safety Week Regional Conference


6 May 2015

There are two pre-conference events to which all conference participants are invited.

9:30         Press Conference at the National Children’s Hospital of Costa Rica and demonstration of the crash simulator.

11:00         Guided tour of the National Children’s Hospital, presentation by Dr. Olga Arguedas, Director of the Hospital.

14:00         Visit to a local school in San José, Road Safety Toolkit developed by IDB, FIA Foundation and Sesame Workshop.

7 May 2015

7:00 – 8:30    Participants Registration

8:30 - 9:00    Welcoming Remarks

  • Mr. Carlos Macaya :: Automobile Club of Costa Rica
  • Dr. Gary A. Smith :: Nationwide Children’s Hospital; Child Injury Prevention Alliance
  • Dr. Olga Arguedas :: National Children’s Hospital of Costa Rica
  • Dr. Lilian Reneau-Vernon :: World Health Organization; Pan American Health Organization
  • Honorable Carlos Segnini Villalobos :: Minister of Public Works and Transport of Costa Rica

9:00 – 9:20    Plenary Address: Status of Child Road Safety in the Americas at the Midpoint of the Decade of Action for Road Safety

Dr. Eugenia Rodrigues :: Pan American Health Organization

9:20 – 10:00    Pillar 1: Road Safety Management

  • National Strategies to Prevent Child Road Traffic Injury in Costa Rica

Moderator – Mr. Germán Valverde :: Consejo de Seguridad Vial [COSEVI]

  • Inter-American Development Bank’s Commitment to Child Road Safety

Mr. Dalve Soria :: Inter-American Development Bank

  • Data Management for Child Road Safety in Latin America and the Caribbean  

Mr. Pablo Rojas :: Observatorio Iberoamericano de Seguridad Vial (OISEVI); Argentina National Road Safety Council

10:00 – 10:30    Break and Networking

10:30 – 11:30    Mobilizing Youth for Road Safety

The #SaveKidsLives Campaign

Moderator – Mr. Floor Lieshout :: Youth for Road Safety (YOURS)

  • Mobilizing Youth in the Dominican Republic for Road Safety

Ms. Angélica Adrian :: PROJuventud

  • Mobilizing Youth in Brazil for Road Safety

Ms. Diza Gonzaga :: Vida Urgente, Fundação Thiago de Moraes Gonzaga

  • Road Safety Activities of Youth in Belize

Ms. Zaire Garbutt :: Belizean Youth for Road Safety

11:30 – 12:30   Pillar 2: Infrastructure

Moderator – Mr. David Ederer :: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • International Road Assessment Program Activities in Latin America and the Caribbean

Mr. Julio Urzua :: International Road Assessment Program (iRAP)

  • Share the Road: Non-Motorized Transport and Child Road Safety

Ms. Liana Vetch :: United Nations Environmental Program

12:30 – 14:00    Lunch

14:00 – 15:00    Private Sector Partnerships for Child Road Safety

Caribank Activities in Support of Child Road Safety

Moderator – Mr. Glen McCarvell :: Caribank

  • Visibility of Child Pedestrians

Ms. Paola Diegues :: 3M Latin America

15:00 – 15:30    Break and Networking

15:30 – 16:30    Pillar 3: Safer Vehicles

Moderator – Mr. Carlos Macaya :: Auto Club of Costa Rica

  • New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) in Latin America and the Caribbean

Mr. Alejandro Furas :: Latin NCAP

  • Designing Cars and Restraint Systems to Protect Child Occupants

Dr. Srini Sundararajan :: Ford Motor Company

16:30 – 16:45    Day 1 Wrap-up and Announcements

19:00 – 21:30    Conference Dinner at Restaurant Anphorna

8 May 2015

7:30 – 8:30    Networking

8:30 - 9:00    Plenary Address: Promoting Motorcycle and Bicycle Safety for Children: Affordable Helmets

  Mr. Greig Craft :: Asia Injury Prevention Foundation

9:00 – 10:30    Pillar 4: Safer Road Users

  • Establishing Public Policies in Uruguay to Protect Child Passengers in Cars and School Buses

Ms. Maria (Nani) Rodriguez :: Fundación Gonzalo Rodriguez

  • Safety Restraints for Children with Special Needs

Dr. Marilyn Bull :: American Academy of Pediatrics; NCD Child

  • Road Safety for Children in School Zones in Haiti

Mr. Eric Remacle :: Handicap International

  • Going to School in Brazil: Risks and Safety

Dra. Alessandra Bianchi :: Universidade Federal do Paraná

  • Child Road Safety in Chile

Mr. Alberto Escobar :: Automobile Club of Chile

10:30 – 11:00    Break and Networking

11:15 – 12:30    Preventing Future Tragedy: The Voices of Survivors

  • Mapfre Foundation Activities for World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Moderator – Ms. Moe Petterson :: Fundación Mapfre, Panamá

  • Remembering the Victims

Ms. Jeanne Picard :: Federación Iberoamericana de Asociaciones de Victimas contra la Violencia Vial (FICVI)

  • Preventing Deaths among Youth Associated with Impaired Driving in Guyana

Ms. Denise Dias :: Mothers in Black, Alicea Foundation

  • Project Yellow Light

Ms. Julie Garner

12:30 – 14:00    Lunch    

14:00 – 15:00    Pillar 5: Post-Crash Response

Moderator – Dr. Olga Arguedas :: National Children’s Hospital of Costa Rica

  • Pre-hospital Emergency Medical Systems and Children

Mr. Carlos Herrera Artavia :: Red Cross of Costa Rica

  • The Importance of Trauma Systems in Providing Optimal Care for Injured Children

Dr. Marco Vargas :: National Children’s Hospital of Costa Rica

  • The Unique Needs of Children During Hospital-Based Care

Dr. Mercedes Bernadá :: Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez

15:00 – 15:30    Break and Networking

16:30                 Cultural Activity

15:30 – 16:30    Post-2015 Vision for Child Road Safety

  • Post-2015 Vision for Child Road Safety in the Americas

Moderator – Dr. Erin Sauber-Schatz :: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Child Road Safety Post-2015

Ms. Natalie Draisin :: FIA Foundation

  • Plans of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile for Child Road Safety Post-2015

Mr. Luca Pascotto :: Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA)

  • Child Road Safety and the Second Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety in Brasilia

Dr. Maria Cristina Alcântara Andrade Hoffmann :: Ministry of Health of Brazil

16:30 – 18:30    Closing Ceremony and Reception

  • Conference Summary and Next Steps

Dr. Gary A. Smith :: Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Child Injury Prevention Alliance

  • Introduction of Guests of Honor for Closing Ceremony

Mr. Carlos Macaya :: Automobile Club of Costa Rica


Closing Ceremony Distinguished Guests

Minister Fernando Llorca Castro
Minister of Health of Costa Rica

  • Children present Child Road Safety Declaration

Conference Partners

Conference Partners

Conference Co-Chairs

Carlos Macaya
President, Automobile Club of Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica


Gary A. Smith, MD, DrPH  
Director, Center for Injury Research and Policy 
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
President, Child Injury Prevention Alliance
Columbus, Ohio, United States


Sponsor Organizations


Organizing Committee


Collaborating Organizations


Sign the Pledge

Sign the Pledge


Every day more than 500 children lose their lives in traffic crashes globally. Thousands are injured. Support the #SaveKidsLives campaign by signing the declaration. Together we will make a call for action on road safety!

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