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List of Press Releases - 2015-10

Pakistan joins the United Nations TIR Convention (24 July 2015)

Pakistan has taken a key step towards the development of international economic corridors with its regional trading partners and the rest of the world with the ratification of the United Nations TIR Convention. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, acting in his capacity as depositary, ...
UNECE World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations tightens vehicles noise limits and adopts new test procedure to measure them (24 June 2015)

With rapid urbanization and growth of vehicle's fleet, more and more people are suffering from noise pollution. According to a recent study, 25 per cent of European citizens are exposed to average noise above the threshold established by WHO (55 dB) and road traffic is its main source. Thus, ...
UNECE launches the fifth revision of the European Code for Inland Waterways (24 June 2015)

UNECE today released the fifth revision of the European Code for Inland Waterways (CEVNI), Pan-European instrument regulating the navigation on the E-waterways network as a part of its work towards smooth and efficient inland water transport across the European region. CEVNI contains the core ...
Secretary-General appoints Jean Todt of France Special Envoy for Road Safety (30 April 2015)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Jean Todt as his Special Envoy for Road Safety. Mr. Todt is the President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).   Every year, some 1.3 million people are killed and up to 50 million people ...
UNECE and Global NCAP call for worldwide adherence to UN car Safety Standards (14 April 2015)

Tens of thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of injuries could be avoided each year in the world if all countries would apply the safety standards outlined in the UN regulations developed by the World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations. This was the conclusion of the study ...
UNECE and IRU sign MoU on the computerization of the TIR procedure (eTIR) (27 March 2015)

An electronic TIR system could greatly improve the efficiency, speed and transparency of the TIR system, reduce administrative burdens and increase efficiency of international freight. This is why UNECE and the International Road Transport Union (IRU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on ...
New E-book Highlights Africa’s Road Safety Challenges, Calls for Continued Efforts (23 March 2015)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD) launched a publication today focused on improving road safety and reducing drink driving in Africa. Preventing Drink ...
UNECE welcomes extension of the guaranteeing agreement between the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation and the Association of International Road Carriers (27 February 2015)

The Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation (FCS) decided on 26 February to prolong the agreement with the Association of International Road Carriers (ASMAP) until 30 June 2015, thus guaranteeing the implementation of the TIR Convention in the Russian Federation until that date. This was ...
UNECE to discuss first international regulatory steps concerning automated-driving (10 February 2015)

As self-driving cars slowly edge towards commercial reality, with companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Continental, Tesla, Denso, or Google getting in gear, regulatory action has already started at UNECE. Under the auspices of the World Forum for harmonization of vehicle regulations, the UNECE Working ...
Belarus joins the UNECE Agreement on global vehicle regulations (23 January 2015)

On 3 March 2015 Belarus will become a Contracting Party to the 1998 Agreement on Global Vehicle Regulations. The 1998 Agreement is the legal framework for the development of global technical regulations for vehicles and their components, with the aim of increasing their active and passive safety, ...