UNECE and the World Organization for the Scout Movement are launching the "Scouting for Global Road Safety” information campaign this week's at the 2011 World Scout Jamboree in Kristianstad, Sweden.
The campaign will feature a series of workshops including interactive games and video clips, to help raise awareness about road safety and safe behaviors amongst the approximate youngsters participating in the Jamboree.
The campaign's activities will culminate on Friday 5 August at 4 p.m. with a “Joining Hands for Road Safety” ceremony involving 2 scouts for each of the approximately 160 countries participating in the Jamboree.
This campaign is part of UNECE activities within the framework of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020), proclaimed by the General Assembly resolution 64/255. It aims at engaging society, and especially the young people, in this cause, and to encourage respect for the rules on the road. It is being implemented in partnership with the Hellenic Road Safety Institute “Panos Mylonas”, Scouting Ireland and Scouts of Greece, with the support of the Road Safety Authority of Ireland
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UNECE has been pioneering road safety activities in the United Nations system for the last 60 years. As the only existing United Nations intergovernmental body on road safety, its work focuses on improving road safety through developing and updating legal instruments that assist member States all over the world to harmonize and enforce traffic rules and measures, produce safe and clean road vehicles, reduce the risk of accidents with dangerous goods and hazardous materials and ensure that only safe and well maintained vehicles and competent drivers are allowed to participate in traffic.