International Traffic Safety Efforts
The United Nations Road Safety Strategy is designed to guide the United Nations system to improve road safety in a sustainable and coordinated manner. The need for this strategy is clear. Road crashes have been a leading cause of death and serious injury to United Nations personnel. In line with the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, established by the General Assembly, this strategy aims to demonstrate United Nations’ organisations commitment to change old thinking about road safety and develop a new approach towards safer journeys.
The strategy is based on a safe-system approach with actions spread across the entire road system under fve pillars. Fundamental to this approach is the need for responsibility to be shared by road users and by the organisations of the United Nations system. Some of these actions will represent signifcant changes. It is my hope that this system-wide strategy will stimulate interest and investment in road safety programmes. I look forward to continuing to build strong partnerships as we move forward in promoting and implementing this strategy.