The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the Royal Automobile Club of Spain (RACE) and the International Training Centres for Authorities and Leaders (CIFAL), come together to create the first specialist centre for Road Safety training in Spain.
The centre will be called CIFAL España and will aim to help improve road users’ behaviour by spreading awareness, training professionals that promote preventive measures, and increasing knowledge about risk factors among the population. Through CIFAL España, RACE will be able to share its knowledge and experience with developing countries to train technicians, studying local problems and promoting best practices.
A training plan is currently being designed that will boost strategies and training programmes, leading to the creation of a postgraduate qualification, continuous training courses, a programme of seminars, and a calendar of events, such as specialisation sessions and meetings with important names in the field of Road Safety worldwide.
The CIFAL España Centre will join the CIFAL Global Network of centres dedicated to imparting cutting-edge training. Each CIFAL centre is specialised in specific subject areas and promotes the strengthening of professional training and research, providing platforms to exchange knowledge and spread best practices through lessons learned in the countries of reference, as in the case of Spain in terms of Road Safety.
For Carmelo Sanz de Barros, chairman of RACE, “the creation of the CIFAL España Centre shows the appreciation for the club’s work in research, training, and spreading awareness about Road Safety for many years, in which we have launched initiatives and both national and international projects. We are now sharing our experience and knowledge with the United Nations to improve accident prevention”.
As proven by different international studies, road traffic accident injuries cause over 1.2 million deaths each year throughout the world, and constitute the ninth cause of death in all age groups worldwide. The CIFAL España Centre focuses on halving the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.