Road safety strategy for the United Nations and its personnel: a partnership for safer journeys

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United Nations Department of Safety and Security

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Number of pages: 26

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The Road safety strategy for the United Nations and its personnel: a partnership for safer journeys, released in February 2019 following a two-year interagency consultation process, provides guidance to all United Nations organizations on ways to reduce the number of road traffic crashes involving United Nations personnel and vehicles. For decades, road traffic crashes have been a leading cause of death for United Nations staff. In line with the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, this strategy aims to develop a new approach to safer journeys for United Nations personnel and people in the communities they serve. By implementing this strategy, the United Nations aims to lead by example.

To meet the road safety targets set out in the Sustainable Development Goals, the strategy, which is based on a safe system approach, outlines 12 key actions spread across five pillars: road safety management, safer vehicles, safer road users, post-crash response and safer driving environment. Each organization of the United Nations is expected to implement these actions. Examples include establishing a comprehensive road safety policy; improving the collection and analysis of system-wide road traffic crash data; ensuring the acquisition and use of safe vehicles; developing and enforcing driver-authorization standards; advocating for increased responsiveness to post-crash emergencies; and promoting safe operation, maintenance and improvement of roads.

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