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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.

Today, WP.1 remains the only permanent body in the United Nations system that focuses on improving road safety (see road safety film). Its primary function is to serve as guardian of the United Nations legal instruments aimed at harmonizing traffic rules. More...


The survey of automatic speed measurement and control is now available online. See also the Word version.

Regional road safety capacity building workshop will be held on 15-16 October in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia. More information here.

The Road Safety Treaty Day will be held on 5 June 2014, at the United Nations Headquarters, New York City. More information here.

The Inland Transport Committee of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in partnership with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways of India and Institute of Road Traffic Education, and in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, organized an inaugural "Europe - Asia Road Safety Forum" on 4 December 2013 followed by a session of the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) on 5-6 December 2013 in New Delhi. For more information, please click here.

23 September 2013
The UNECE and the International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP) have launched the e-book on "Regional Perspectives on preventing alcohol-related road crashes involving vulnerable road users".

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