1st Regional Road Safety Youth Assembly

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The first regional road safety youth assembly will be held in Oman from February 17 to 21. The event aims to bring youths in the region together to discuss all aspects of road safety and ways to spread awareness and reach out to fellow youths in the region and other countries.

The assembly will seek to lend a voice to young people in the region and review the progress made since the World Youth Assembly in 2007, particularly in the areas of increasing youth involvement in road safety and implementing the Youth Declaration adopted that year.

Addressing a press conference to announce the event, Dr Wahid al Kharusi, president of the Oman Road Safety Association, said the assembly will concentrate on four points - networking and advocacy; capacity building; knowledge sharing and transfer; and research.

“The assembly schedule will include a two-day trip to the desert for networking, followed by three days of meetings in five sessions involving plenary, group and round-table discussions.”
“The assembly will support knowledge and experience sharing among the youth, and will also empower them to become road safety advocates. It will mobilise them to join the global youth road safety movement,” said Dr Kharusi.

The assembly, he said, will identify actions which youth in the region can take to prevent road traffic injuries and contribute to the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety.

The assembly will come out with the Muscat Youth Declaration, which will act as a road map for youth in the region. “Thirty-one youths from 21 countries will take part, in addition to 31 Omani youths, he said.

“The event, modelled on the format of the UN General Assembly, is the first regional youth assembly following the World Youth Assembly in 2007, and will spearhead the activities of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-20.”

The opening ceremony will be held under the patronage of Lt Gen Malik Sulaiman al Maamary, Inspector General of Police and Customs, ROP, and the closing ceremony under the patronage of H H Sayyid Kamil bin Fahad al Said, patron of the Oman Road Safety Association.

I got the good news a week ago that I got handpicked to represent Oman in this summit and boy am I excited..!! So I apologize in advance, if this blog doesn't get updated for a while. 

So next stop, Wahiba Sands for a networking get together with all the internationals coming in and the summit officially kicks off on Saturday. Yeepeeeey *does the moonwalk* :mj: . 

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