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Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety

The UNECE pioneered road safety activities in the United Nations system with the establishment of an Ad Hoc Working Group on the prevention of road accidents in 1950. In 1988, the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1), an intergovernmental body, was established. The Working Party changed its name to “Global Forum on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1)” in 2017.

Today, Global Forum on Road Traffic Safety remains the only permanent body in the United Nations system that focuses on improving road safety. Its primary function is to serve as guardian of the United Nations legal instruments aimed at harmonizing traffic rules. More...

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On 13 July 2017, the Secretary-General of the United Nations communicated that the Convention on Road Traffic, 1949, retrospectively took effect for Slovenia as of 25 June 1991 (the date of State succession) (map of contracting parties).

The Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) issues a brochure on International Driving Permit Categories which recommends reconciliations of the differences between the International Driving Permit categories in the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic and the corresponding definitions in the EU Driving Licence Directive (2006/126/EC of 20 December) 2006).

Iraq accedes to the Convention on Road Traffic, of 8 November 1968 (map of contracting arties and Depositary Notification).

Cyprus accedes to the European Agreement supplementing the Convention on Road Signs and Signals, 1971 (map and Depositary Notification), the Protocol on Road Markings (map and Depositary Notification) and the Convention on Road Signs and Signals, 1968 (map and Depositary Notification).

Saudi Arabia accedes to the Convention on Road Traffic, of 8 November 1968 (map of contracting parties and Depositary Notification).

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Upcoming Events

(WP.1/GE.2) Group of Experts on Road Signs and Signals (12th session, Geneva)
30 to 31 August 2017

(WP.1) Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (75th session, Geneva)
19 to 22 September 2017