In an effort to promote road safety, the UN Communications Group set up in the foyer of the UN House to promote the Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week to UN Staff on 17 May 2017. The previous week, the UN System joined stakeholders from the private and public sector to advocate on the importance of slowing down, a campaign targeted toward the general public. UNIC Staff asked staff to stop and pledge as they entered the building.
UN drivers, staff and UNCT members were asked to pledge their support by signing the campaign poster and taking a photograph. Staff furthermore cemented their personal commitment to road safety in Namibia by inviting colleagues to join them.
Road accidents remain a major concern despite a relatively good road infrastructure. In Namibia, road accidents are one of the highest single causes of fatalities. According to the MVA Fund, Namibia has recorded a total of 731 fatalities in 2016 alone. The UN System took a stand to make the road a safer place.