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For Immediate Release,
4/28/2011
Contact:
Kathy Lane
Communications Director
(630) 775-2307
kathy.lane@nsc.org
 

SAFE COMMUNITIES FORM NEW PAN PACIFIC REGIONAL ALLIANCE
Safe Communities America becomes inaugural partner in new four-nation alliance

Itasca, IL – The Safe Communities of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States have united to form the Pan Pacific Safe Communities Network (PPSCN). The goal of PPSCN is to address safety issues at a local level and improving the implementation of effective injury prevention and safety promotion practices within the many communities of the Pan Pacific region. Safe Communities America, an initiative of the National Safety Council, has played an instrumental role in the development of PPSCN on behalf of the United States.

Established in Sweden in the 1980s, the driving philosophy of the Safe Communities movement is to  promote a culture of safety and prevent injuries in all areas, for all ages, in all environments and situations involving government, non-government and community sectors. Safe Communities is a well-established grassroots community movement dedicated to saving lives and reducing the fear, cost and pain caused by preventable injury and violence.

There are 106 designated Safe Communities in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada, and 50 additional communities are in different stages of development.

PPSCN holds at its core the principle that safety is a human right, a shared responsibility and an attainable aspiration. Participant communities in all four nations work to promote:

  • Safety and well-being
  • Inclusion
  • Participation and partnerships
  • Honesty, respect and integrity
  • The celebration of strengths and successes
  • Appropriate, timely, respectful communications
  • Acknowledging and welcoming differences

“The PPSCN represents 15.3 million people who live in a designated Safe Community. By working together, we exemplify the mission and vision of the Safe Communities movement. The Pan Pacific Network is well placed to steer the growth of the Safe Communities movement now and in the future. From our collective experience, the benefits of having all sectors working together in a coordinated and collaborative way, forming partnerships to promote safety, manage risks and develop safer environments leads to an increase in the overall safety of members,” said the co-chairs of PPSCN. “This new international alliance will take the Safe Communities concept to new heights, and we look forward to welcoming new members from the region to enjoy the benefits this concept has to offer.”

“We are very pleased to be part of this regional network,” said Donna Stein-Harris, senior director of Safe Communities America for the National Safety Council. “This partnership will enable us to share success stories and provide mentoring opportunities with countries on the Pacific coast that will help make all of our communities safer.”

For more information about the Pan Pacific Safe Communities Network, visit ppscn.org or contact Donna Stein-Harris at donna.stein-harris@nsc.org or (630) 775-2555. 

The National Safety Council (nsc.org) saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

 

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