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1st United Nations Global Road Safety Week

8 March 2007

On 23-24 April 2007 the 1st World Youth Assembly for Road Safety is organized at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, involving delegations of young people from all regions of the world. The Assembly will discuss ways that young people can contribute to improving road safety in their countries and is expected to adopt a road safety declaration.

Activities planned during the Assembly include the presentation of the best films submitted for a short film competition on the theme of road safety, for and by young people. The competition, named “The Global Road Safety Film Awards”, is produced by LASER EUROPE, and co-organized by LASER EUROPE and the International Road Safety Organization (PRI) under the aegis of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

The purpose of the Global Road Safety Film Awards is to involve young people up to 25 years of age in the activities of the First UN Global Road Safety Week, in their own environment (school, university, film club, association, etc.), through the production of films about road safety for young people.

Young participants must be directly involved in the project whatever their function: producer, director, scriptwriter or actor. They may be supported and advised by teachers or professionals.

Addressing road safety issues for young people, the films should be presented on DVD and be subtitled or have a sound track in English or French. They should preferably be between 30 seconds and 10 minutes in length. They may be expressly produced for the Global Road Safety Film Awards or include films made in the last three years. Films may be presented in the following categories:

-Communication and campaigns

-Education for road safety

-Driver training

The winners will be invited in Geneva to receive the Awards during the World Youth Assembly. A viewing of the best short films will be held and winners will be selected in different categories.