Djibouti, Ethiopia, Mali, Bangladesh and Cameroon. What have these UNHCR offices in common. Well, one thing is that they all participated in the Safe Road Use workshop programme in the first half of 2018. A total of 367 UNHCR staff members signed the pledge and made the promise to themselves and the organisation to be a safe road user. In management workshops managers discussed the actions that need to be put in place to manage and monitor progression.
This year, three key objectives have been identified in the organisations goal to achieve zero crash fatalities and injuries. The first one is to make sure that all vehicle crashes and incidents are reported. This is important as UNHCR needs to get insight in the reasons behind crashes. The second one is to reduce the number of speeding incidents. Speeding is a major contributor to crashes and the number of speeding incidents can be reduced if journey planning improves, pressure is not put on drivers to exceed a safe speed and if data from the Vehicle Tracking System is analysed on a regular basis.
The last objective is to increase the awareness of staff and management about Vision Zero and Safe Road Use by facilitating Safe Road Use workshops at a regular basis. These workshops are done by the staff members who participated in the Training of Facilitators in 2017.
Gard Loken, the Senior Field Safety Advisor in Ethiopia, was one of them and he and his team have now taken it on themselves to roll out the programme to their colleagues in the field offices.
For the remainder of 2018 workshops are planned in Uganda, Niger, Iraq and Chad. Training of Facilitators (ToF) are also planned to take place in the regional offices in Dakar, Pretoria and Panama. For more information about the ToF please send an email to VisionZero@unhcr.org.
Photo: Mekelle, Ethiopia ©Gard Loken