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.