One UN Vision for Road Safety
Why the Road Safety Strategy is important to us?
Road crashes are a leading cause of death and serious injury to United Nations personnel. In fact, road crashes kill more UN staff than terrorism. The United Nations is committed to curbing road crashes among its staff: for the first time a single, holistic road safety management approach will be implemented to halve the number of UN personnel or other road users killed or seriously injured in road crashes involving UN vehicles. The UN-wide Road Safety Strategy will manage the interaction between speed, vehicles, road-user behavior, and road infrastructure. Fatal crashes are preventable. That’s why safer journeys begin with us.
Road Safety launch
On 28 February 2019 the UN Road Safety Strategy was launched in New York and Geneva. More than 250 participants from the UN-system, Member States, civil society and philanthropic organizations, academia and the private sector attended the launch at UNHQ. UN leaders from UNDP, UNDSS, DOS, DPO, DPPA, UNFPA, the Medical Director’s Working Group; including the Chef de Cabinet and the SG’s Special Envoy on Road Safety showed unity and shared a consistent message on the importance and urgency of road safety across the UN. Their personal anecdotes helped engage the audience. New road safety campaign materials were created, including branding, flyers and two road safety films, for outreach on the UN Road Safety Strategy. The New York launch broke new ground by introducing elements not typically seen in UN meetings, including an interactive quiz, staff testimonials and the sharing of external best practices.
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