Y4PT is in Ireland!

Written by alessandra.gorini@y4pt.org on . Posted in All Y4PT Chapters, Y4PT India, Y4PT World

 

The Youth is full of creative ideas and Y4PT will confidently put all these ideas in practice for leading tomorrow’s world and revolutionize paradigms.

 

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Y4PT, the  Foundation created under the patronage of UITP,

 (International Association for Public Transport), strives to facilitate healthy sustainable cities and transport through the Youth worldwide and this time is in Sligo, during the Fleadh Cheoil Festival of Music on the Irish west coast to bring the Healthy Mobility Challenge there in collaboration with Bus Eireann (the proud sponsor of Fleadh Cheoil).

 

 

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Y4PT Ambassadors are witnessing the Bus Operations of Bus Eireann, during the biggest Music Festival of Ireland. They are undertaking their first action of “Check Up”  which is a way to be involved and give their suggestions, their new innovative vision to build a constructive dialogue with the Public Transport Operators.

 

Bus Eireann was formed in 1987 as a subsidiary of CIE to provide bus services throughout Ireland with the exception of Dublin City.

Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) is Ireland’s national public transport provider. Over 230 million journeys are made annually on their network of national, regional​, local and urban services across Iarnród ÉireannDublin Bus and Bus Éireann.

 

Ireland is the place of Tradition by definition and the Music Festival Fleadh Cheoil is the proof of it:  300.000 local people are gathering to the Festival from the country itself and from abroad, to join this important music competition. The Fleadh Cheoil is the world’s biggest and best traditional Irish music festival that will take place between the 10 and 17th of August: a week-long jamboree of music, song and dance. Few places in the western world have managed to maintain their musical traditions as successfully as Ireland has.

 

If we translate Fleadh Cehoil means The Music Festival of Ireland and that is exactly what it is. . It is a celebration of the new ways for doing the old things. And what a better way to start undertaking Y4PT first “Check Up” on the mark of Y4PT Healthy Mobility  conducting a Survey among young people, Bus Eireann Customers and Festival passionate participants?

 

We feel it is really important to promote Public Transport education as the most effective approach to fostering sustainable-mobility-based lifestyles.

 

Y4PT and Bus Eireann are conducingt a Survey during the Fleadh Cheoil Music Festival in Sligo. On the mark of the Healthy Mobility Campaign,  this Survey will give responses and will promote Public Transport as a better way to live a healthy life and build a consciousness about environmental friendly cities and societies.

 

 

WHY A YOUTH PUBLIC TRANSPORT EVENT DURING A MUSIC FESTIVAL?

 

Music is a universal language that unites people: Contemporary society’s emphasis on the instant gratification, materialism and humanism: it is diametrically opposed to the tenets put forth by the ancients.

Contemporary popular culture, with its predilection for what is fashionable, trendy and external, has become increasing superficial, even intolerant of music that espouses higher ideals or focuses on achieving a higher consciousness.

Irish Culture and the Sligo Fleadh Cheoil festival reciprocate the above statement; it is the manifestation of how trends and tradition can live beautifully together.

At Y4PT, we feel that the right combination of tradition and clever trends can have a huge success in this world of ours.

Using the power of music and language we’d like to bridge cultural difference, promote understanding and address sustainability.

Y4PT will bring its international Ambassadors devoted to Public Transport, from India, Bahrain, UK, Italy and Colombia to promote a mutual understanding on a sustainable way of living across the planet, combined with innovative way of communication to reinforce the message of Bus Eireann that is positioning itself on the international scene and is embracing an innovative young united lifestyle.

This will be a high-level opportunity for them to network and explore the positioning and impact of Bus Eireann in the context of sustainability, Mobility, Education, Lifestyle and innovation.

During the Festival Y4PT Ambassadors will be among people and find the opportunity to develop the First Y4PT “ Check Up”, they will also witness and improve their experience with new cultures connecting with different people along the way.

These international days will represent the opportunity to showcase the outstanding Young Representatives of Y4PT and their contribution towards Public Transport.

Appeal: Help our Y4PT Chapter Representative in Nepal

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Appeal: Help our Y4PT Chapter Representative in Nepal

While doing charity work in a remote Nepalese village, a Y4PT Chapter Representative got caught up in the 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Alain FLAUSCH has written a letter asking for your support.

Dear UITP members, friends and supporters of the Y4PT Foundation:

As you are no doubt already aware, Nepal has been hit by a massive earthquake that has affected not only Kathmandu, the capital city, but also a myriad of little villages and small towns across the high-risk territory.

Y4PT has a special relationship with Nepal, since Juju MAHARJAN (juju.maharjan[at]y4pt.org), Head of HeartBeat (http://www.heart-beat.org/) contacted us four years ago to actively start a Y4PT Chapter in Kathmandu (http://www.y4pt.org/chapters/world/nepal/kathmandu/).

Since then, Juju has been very active in his country promoting sustainable mobility issues as advocated by Y4PT, to the point that even the governments and media have been encouraged on numerous occasions to include the public transport issue on their agenda.

But his work is not limited to this: Juju also funded different groups of cyclists and supporters of a healthy way of moving around in Nepal. He also created specific educational programmes relating public transport to formal and informal education: one of which to name just one, is School on Wheels (http://www.facebook.com/SchoolOnWheel).

Juju is an indomitable person, creating every months new campaigns to protect street children, to give them a shelter and education; and his daily actions include him and his group of volunteers bringing education and food to the most deprived people in the streets of Kathmandu and little villages around the capital city.

It was exactly during one of these actions in the remote village of Dhadagaun that they were taken by surprise by the earthquake: after days in which we were worried for their lives, we were able to finally get in touch with Juju.

His attention was completely focused on the people of this village, where 300 houses were destroyed, a number of people died and hundreds were injured.

The group decided to reach Kathmandu and organise a rescue mission: they undertook an 8-hour walk during the aftershocks before reaching the capital city.

He contacted me telling that they needed to collect food, water, medicines, shelter, tents.

Y4PT Foundation and myself (as its Co-Founder and Chairman) have decided to act: in two days we collected approximately 1,000 euros among UITP staff and it was one of the first donations to reach them. They were overwhelmed by this little act of generosity from our side and they continue to thank us.

But the time is passing, the situation is worsening, and we need to help them in the long run: we do not want them to go through epidemic and outbreaks.

This is why Y4PT and UITP are asking for your help in supporting Juju and his philanthropic actions in Nepal, through your direct donation at the following PayPal hyperlink:


https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TLBE7NYHPA23C

We follow daily the arrival and use of this money; it is not going to end into the funds of big organisations and we have already received details and pics on the actions they are undertaking in the area of Dhadagaun, close to Nagarkot, where they were when the quake stroke: http://www.facebook.com/heartbeatnp .

Your gesture to support our Y4PT Chapter Representative in Nepal and his group of active volunteers will make a big difference.

And we will all have the possibility to give messages of solidarity and sympathy to Juju MAHARJAN in Milan during our 61th UITP World Congress and Exhibition in June 2015.

We thank you in advance for your support and do not hesitate in contacting Mrs. Alessandra GORINI (alessandra.gorini[at]y4pt.org) for any questions you may have. She will be pleased to help you.

Follow Y4PT actions in Nepal on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/y4pt) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/250503794992509/) under hashtag #Y4PT.

Thank you so much in advance.

Sincerely,

Alain FLAUSCH
Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Youth For Public Transport (Y4PT) Foundation
alain.flausch[at]y4pt.org

We welcomed Transaid during their bike Charity Marathon

Written by alessandra.gorini@y4pt.org on . Posted in All Y4PT Chapters, Y4PT Belgium & EU, Y4PT England, Y4PT England in London, Y4PT Media, Y4PT World

downloadTransaid is an international development charity. They identify, champion, implement and share local transport solutions to improve access to basic services and economic opportunity for people in Africa and in developing countries. Transaid was founded by Save the Children and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and our Patron is HRH The Princess Royal. 

 

Charitable volunteers from across the transport industry cycled to Brussels at the weekend, in a bid to raise £75,000 for Transaid.

The 34-strong team had already raised £45,000 by the time they set off on the 340km ride on the 12 September  and are confident of reaching their fundraising target once the remaining sponsorship money is collected.

Riders set off from the Freight Transport Association’s head office in Tunbridge Wells and headed for Dover where they caught the ferry to Calais. Their adventure continued through France where even the most experienced cyclists were challenged by a very strong head wind. The group celebrated the end of this particularly difficult day in Bruges where they enjoyed a well-earned break and glass of beer, completing the final 74 miles to Brussels on September 14, finishing at the city’s iconic Grand Place.

Upon arrival the cyclists were greeted by a party from Y4PT and UITP, where we  put on a champagne and chocolate reception. We have been very happy to give them a moment of reward and fun after such a challenge and great action!

Sir Peter Hendy, a new Trustee!

Transaid  appointed  recently four new trustees with a wealth of experience in the health, transport and logistics sectors to help govern the charity as it continues to grow in size and scope.

One of them is Sir Peter Hendy CBE, Commissioner of Transport for London and  our UITP President.

Speaking on behalf of the trustees, Sir Peter, said “It’s a privilege to be involved with an organisation which implements truly life-changing solutions in developing countries.”

Sir Peter started his transport career in 1975 as a London Transport graduate trainee. In 2001 he served as Transport for London’s Managing Director of Surface Transport, before taking on his current role in 2006. Sir Peter was instrumental in preparing for the successful operation of London’s transport during the 2012 Olympics and was elected President of the International Public Transport Association in 2013. He was knighted in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list, having been awarded a CBE in 2006.

download (5)The first Transaid was established within Save the Children (UK) as a voluntary group of transport industry individuals. Peter Linney, who had just retired from a senior position in British Rail, took up the day to day management of Transaid. The British Railways Board provided office space and administrative support. Over the next 10 years, Transaid volunteers, from organisations such as TNT, P&O and the British Army, carried out a number of short-term projects. In those days, the focus was largely on emergency operations, rather than long-term development, and projects included a review of the potential to handle containerised emergency supplies through Mozambique ports and the specifications for an emergency ambulance service in Swaziland.  The transport management handbook for Save The Children was also written.

 

Thinking long-term

In the early 1990’s the founders began to think about the role of transport in development, and particularly how lack of transport impacted on the delivery of essential services such as health and education. Research with the Ministry of Health in Ghana led to the realization that a lack of management skills, rather than a lack of transport, was causing a bottleneck in the delivery of everyday health services.

A two-year Save the Children project started in the Ministry of Health in Ghana in early 1993. This was the first long-term programme of its kind by Transaid and marked a shift in focus towards sustainable development.

The future

Transaid is now beginning to focus more intensively on livelihoods work, based on the knowledge that Africa needs an efficiently run transport system in order to provide better opportunities to trade and make a living. Improving the efficiency, safety, availability and professionalism of commercial transport will create work opportunities in the industry, reduce transport costs, open up trade and make basic goods and services more available and affordable.

This is what is meant by sustainable development, looking at the root causes of problems and building the skills and knowledge of local people to tackle them. It isn’t quick and it isn’t easy, but we believe it is the only way we will make a lasting difference.

However, the amount of high profile natural disasters in recent years has brought attention back to the relationship between logistics and emergency aid and Transaid has played an advisory role in the development of two new, humanitarian initiatives – the development of the new Fritz Institute Certificate in Humanitarian Logistics and providing advice to the new CILT Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Programme (HELP).

One thing which remains unchanged is transport’s importance to the health and wealth of all nations. Trucks, trains and ships are so highly visible on the world’s roads, railways and seas, but the essential goods and services that they carry, and the millions of people who work behind the scenes to get them where they need to go, remain largely invisible and forgotten.

Transaid has been built on the knowledge that skilled people make transport work. It’s up to us to find ways to build those skills where they’ll make the most difference and to continue to harness the skills of the best in the transport industry.

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Y4PT, advancing on the fundamental unemployment issue

Written by alessandra.gorini@y4pt.org on . Posted in Y4PT Belgium & EU, Y4PT Belgium & EU in Brussels, Y4PT Media, Y4PT Spain, Y4PT World

UITPA few days ago I met Novia Salcedo representatives, whose headquarters are in Bilbao.  At our siege in Brussels, we talked about creating a possible partnership for many interesting different projects , all related to a fundamental issue of these years: the situation of helplessness and youth unemployment which is an unacceptable scourge for the people of the second decade of 21st century.

The idea is to be on board for the International Campaign for Youth Employment Decade 2013-2016 and, secondly, to have young people from Spain developing and collaborating with us on the light of our Employouth tool’ development.

The International Campaign for Youth Employment Decade 2013-2016  is an initiative of the civil society born in Spain,  with an objective to generate an international movement of reflection, thought, debate and action, that provides ideas, content and solutions for the unemployment situation or the situation of no decent employment that millions of youths are experiencing in hundreds of places across the world.
The final objective of this Campaign is for the United Nations General Assembly to declare 2019-2028 ‘Youth Employment Decade’ as an opportunity to drive the economic and social transformation of organizations and countries.

Novia Salcedo believe that the solution to the big problems that global society is facing needs to go hand in hand with big and feasible dreams. Y4PT do believe so, too!

In this dream, action-solution, they suggest beginning with a proposal for economic and social change on three levels – people-organisations-society-, towards one more inclusive. And they make this proposal taking as a guiding thread the integration of youths in the human, economic and social development by launching specific actions on a global scope, compatible and complementary with those of a local scope in order to reduce youth unemployment that we all face across the world. Therefore, they are talking about an important exercise of Social Innovation at a global level. We’d love to be on board with our Y4PT Foundation.

To successfully carry out this ambitious project it is necessary to reconcile many allies,  some within reach of NSF but others not. That is why we need the cooperation of multiple local and global agents, governmental and no-governmental, that go along with us through the different facets of the project, with a multidirectional cooperation model that help us achieve the objectives we are pursuing.

To lay out social innovations of this significance requires a high impact operation, that is exciting and in which we can all be involved. Given the extreme severity of youth unemployment we can no longer look away.

It is time to decide. We owe them answers.

Concretely,Y4PT will be also very happy  to accompany for a long period one or more youth from Spain, selected by Novia Salcedo, in order for them to start learning technical and transversal competencies, developing our Employouth International Job Bank in the field of  Sustainable Mobility. This Youth from Spain will undergo with us thorugh a geographical mobility and an exchange of knowledge with all the other Y4PT representatives around the world and by doing sowe are  offering them a kind of worldwide “ coaching and learning” experience.

Alessandra Gorini

What is the Youth Employment Decade?  

The Youth Employment Decade expects that the geographic area where it is implemented includes municipalities, regions, countries, public and private entities, non-profit and profit organisations, networks related to youth and/or employment, academic institutions, religious institutions, unions, governments, etc. that are developing activities within this framework.

That is, the Decade will take place anywhere in the world where, through different initiatives and activities promoted by the civil society or in cooperation with the public sector, there is a wish to join in the achievement of its objectives, including:

  1. Make a call to attention at the highest political and social levelabout the current situation of youth unemployment across the world.
    2. To promote efforts in order to comply with the international commitments entered into with regards to employment and decent jobs.
    3. To open participating spaces and intergenerational and intercultural dialogue among youth and the political and social authorities to address the issue of unemployment with the challenges and the potentials of youths themselves.
    4. Suggest priorities, content and lines of action in the political, social and economic fields to combat youth unemployment and no decent jobs, including gender discrimination.
    5. Point the attention toward policies and proactive activities that guarantee sustainable management of the access of youth to the labour market in the long term, both in terms of quality and quantity.
    6. To promote research, creation of knowledge and interchange of good practices with regards to youth employment.
    7. To undertake action to increase awareness of the society as a whole about the risks and consequences of youth unemployment and its role in the eradication of poverty and in the economic and social transformation and growth of countries.
    8. To achieve the commitment, cooperation and investment from all agents involved during not only the decade 2019-2028, but also beyond.

In the mid-term these objectives will be transformed into results, preferably quantifiable (so as to never again return to massive unemployment, sudden changes of income distribution and generational inequality, indicators of social cohesion and participation, public welfare, no decent jobs, gender discrimination, etc.). And create an organisational structure able to respond and guarantee the celebration of the Youth Employment Decade in the world in accordance with their objectives and results through the activities, projects or programs that are defined for each level -local, regional, national, international- involved in it.

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The Carbon Footprint of Europe on Track 2!

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Written by Jerome Kisielewicz and Thiago Tavares

Carbon footprintFor the second edition of Europe on Track, Y4PT has been very pleased to collaborate with AEGEE. We consider this project as a great way to mobilize the European youth, have a grasp of their vision of the world and encourage them to reflect about different challenges and solutions. Considering that Y4PT’s objective is to encourage the use of more sustainable modes of transport, we supported the project through two initiatives.

Firstly, as the 6 AEGEE ambassadors were travelling around Europe by different means of transport, we offered them a way to better understand the impact of their mobility choices on our climate. Why is this important?

In the EU, transport is responsible for 25% of the total greenhouse gases emissions (GHG). And while you could think that the majority of these emissions are due to the transport of goods around the continent, passenger transport is actually responsible for 58% of the EU transport emissions! It is therefore crucial for the European citizens to understand that their daily mobility choices can have a real impact on the EU efforts to decrease its GHG emissions and thus avoid the worst impact of climate change.

To help our ambassadors monitor their choices, Y4PT members designed a carbon footprint calculator specifically dedicated to transport.