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List of Press Releases - 2018-17

Draft regulation will aim to reduce cyclist and pedestrian deaths caused by trucks´blind spots (16 October 2018)

Blind spots - those areas around a vehicle that the driver can't fully see by looking through windows or in conventional mirrors – are a significant cause of accidents involving lorries. This is especially the case when the truck is turning right (or left in countries that drive on the left), a ...
UNECE adopts resolution on the deployment of highly and fully automated vehicles in road traffic (09 October 2018)

The development and future deployment of automated vehicles is one of the leading issues that the car industry, the telecom and software industries, policy makers and regulators are facing today. Automated vehicles have the potential to create safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly ...
United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund launches call for pilot project proposals (20 September 2018)

As efforts advance to fully operationalize the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund, launched in April 2018, targeted individual actions can help meet urgent needs to improve road safety on the ground. In this context, a call to the Fund’s Participating Organisations for pilot project ...
Road safety: Cameroon must redouble its efforts and strengthen coordination (22 August 2018)

Mr Jean Todt, United Nations Secretary General's Special Envoy for Road Safety, presented in Yaoundé today the Road Safety Performance Review of Cameroon, which provides an analysis of progress and challenges in the country’s road safety. Cameroon is the second African country to benefit from ...
UN Road Safety Trust Fund gears up for action (10 August 2018)

Today, the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund, launched in April 2018, takes an important step towards becoming operational, with the first meetings of its Advisory Board (9 August) and Steering Committee (10 August) taking place in Geneva. The Trust Fund aims to catalyze efforts to address ...
Albania must further strengthen coordination of road safety efforts and address remaining challenges (30 July 2018)

The Albanian vehicle fleet has increased dramatically within the last ten years, and while the overall number of fatal traffic accidents over the last two years has decreased, the country still faces serious challenges. 94 fatalities per 1 million inhabitants were recorded on Albania’s roads in ...
Georgia should continue implementing comprehensive road safety actions, finds new UN report (04 July 2018)

Despite significant efforts in recent years with the adaption of national action plans, the state of road safety in Georgia remains worrying, with the number of road accidents and fatalities more than twice as high as the EU average.  With a fatality rate of 15.6/100,000 inhabitants in 2016, ...
UNECE works on global methodology to measure on-road car emissions (21 June 2018)

Reducing the variations between vehicle emissions measured in laboratory and on-road conditions has become an important dimension of efforts to tackle the environmental and health impact of cars. This comes as the need to improve air quality is gaining increasing recognition, especially in ...
Accession of Saudi Arabia to UN TIR Convention to boost trade by facilitating cross-border movement of goods (22 May 2018)

Saudi Arabia has become the 74th Contracting Party to the United Nations’ TIR Convention, the only global customs transit system. Joining the Convention facilitates trade and the seamless and secure movement of goods across borders. More than 30% of global trade crosses the Red Sea, making Saudi ...
Ministers call for accrued efforts to embrace the full potential of Inland Navigation for sustainable development (18 April 2018)

Inland Navigation has an important role to play to advance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  Its advantages in terms of high safety level, efficiency in energy use and costs, as well as low emissions could offer key contributions to reducing transport and ...
Launch of United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund (12 April 2018)

An estimated 1.25 million people are killed every year in road traffic crashes, and up to 50 million more are injured, often seriously. Beyond human suffering, road traffic deaths and injuries cause significant economic losses to individuals and societies, keeping millions of people in poverty and ...
UNECE and the Institute of Road Traffic Education sign MoU to leverage impact of UN road safety conventions (19 March 2018)

Every year 1.25 million people are killed and up to 50 million are injured in road traffic accidents, making it one of the most pressing health emergencies of our time. Every day 500 children lose their lives because of road accidents. It is the leading cause of death for young people aged 15 to 29 ...
Uganda urgently needs to move from Policy to Action to improve Road Safety, says first Road Safety Performance Review (28 February 2018)

The number of road traffic fatalities reported in Uganda has increased seven-fold over the past 25 years and 10 people die every day due to road traffic injuries, according to the first United Nations Road Safety Performance Review, which was launched in Kampala today. The review, conducted by the ...
New tool to help harness potential of data-driven decision making for improved road safety (20 February 2018)

Every year 1.25 million people are killed and around 50 million are injured in road traffic crashes, often seriously, making improving road safety among one of the most pressing health emergencies of our time. In this context, identifying specific road safety challenges and designing targeted ...
Accession of Qatar to UN TIR Convention will facilitate the movement of goods across borders (26 January 2018)

Qatar has become the 73rd Contracting Party to the United Nations’ TIR Convention, the only global customs transit system, to facilitate trade and the seamless and secure movement of goods across its borders. Qatar’s accession is an important milestone for improving road and multimodal ...
UNECE study highlights potential of rail for sustainable transport systems, but no “one size fits all” approach to railway reform (25 January 2018)

Rail can play an important role as part of sustainable transport systems, supporting enhanced connectivity within and between countries for the efficient movement of people and goods. While the proportion of transport by rail has been growing over recent years across many countries in the UNECE ...
Accession of State of Palestine to UN TIR Convention (03 January 2018)

The State of Palestine has become the 72nd Contracting Party to the United Nations’ TIR Convention, the only global customs transit system, which facilitates trade and the secure movement of goods across borders. The TIR Convention (1975), which facilitates the transport of goods between ...