Safety 2016 World Conference was held in Tampere, Finland from 18-21 September 2016. Below is a brief overview of the Pan Pacific Safe Communities Network (PPSCN) involvement in the conference and associated meetings.
Safety 2016 in numbers:
1100 participants (delegates, exhibition staff, invited speakers and conference volunteers)
120 countries- largest numbers Finland (272), United States (134), Australia (73), United Kingdom (44) and Sweden (41) respectively.
1004 presentations - 500 were oral (parallel, pitch or special session). Most Plenary and State of Art sessions are available online
PPSCN Coordinating Committee Meeting:
Three out of four countries (Australia, New Zealand and US) were present for a Coordinating Committee (CC) meeting. The CC is the administrative arm of the PPSCN board.
Chair's from each of the respective countries present signed the current PPSCN Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and discussed several updates to be drafted in November. Most of the changes will be around definitions to bring more clarity to the MOU. A document regarding the application, language and process for PPSCN Support Centers will be out for discussion in November.
Representatives from Kentucky Safe Communities, Dallas Safe Communities, Anchorage Safe Communities, Safe Communities America, Australian Safe Communities Foundation and Safe Communities New Zealand discussed strategies to improve communication and information sharing among the Network. One suggestion is to forgo future newsletters and use social media and quick email blasts to share information and direct users to the PPSCN website for shared information. Members from the Japanese Institute for Safe Communities attended this meeting as observers.
PPSCN and WHO Meeting:
PPSCN Coordinating committee members met WHO representatives Alex Butchart, Prevention of Violence Coordinator, (NVI) WHO; Jonathon Passmore, Technical Lead, Violence and Injury Prevention, Western Pacific Region. PPSCN is aligned to WHO long term goals and strategies for violence and injury prevention. The relationship allows for future growth of the PPSCN to bring more countries and communities onboard, as long as they adhere to PPSCN rules and standards. WHO clarified that PPSCN is currently the only safe community network in the process of establishing official relationships with WHO but that other networks can apply through the same process, including the 2 year predesignation period of collaboration. Of the 2 year process to gain official relations PPSCN has approximately 6-9 months left to complete and both parties are extremely satisfied with progress to date. After this time PPSCN is required to submit a formal application. It is anticipated there will be no obstacle in the approval of this application. Once achieved, Safe Communities will belong to a network that is in official relations with WHO. The network will be a resource for the regions and support WHO in agreed deliverables. The network does not have the right to use the WHO logo but can refer to themselves as “an NGO in official relations with WHO”.
Many PPSCN members in attendance delivered presentations, posters and pitch sessions throughout the conference. Deborah Costello and Carrie Nie presented the PPSCN Board presentation " A new NGO in the Pan Pacific region to promote injury prevention and the safe community movement" during the Safe Communities themed day.
PPSCN Sponsor International Safety Media Awards (ISMA):
PPSCN was pleased to sponsor the International Safety Media Awards which were presented at the closing ceremony. The awards have been presented since 2008 and continue to generate great interest. There were 96 submissions, many of which included multiple pieces of media. Submissions came from all over the world, including Iran, Vietnam, USA, Dubai, Qatar, Netherlands, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Canada, England, China, Finland, Ghana, Israel, Norway, Nigeria, Kenya and Mexico. For further information please visit the Alaska Injury Prevention ISMA page.
The Tampere Declaration expresses global commitment for injury prevention and safety promotion. Online consultation prior to the conference allowed for PPSCN members to advocate for the inclusion of reference to safe communities.
"We therefore issue the following call to action for stronger Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion:
Build community capacity to identify local injury and violence priorities and to take effective action to prevent injuries and violence and improve outcomes. Develop local platforms to engage multiple stakeholders in dialogue and advocacy, such as those created through the Safe Communities movement.”