Georgia acceded to the 1997 Vehicle Regulations agreement (map of contracting parties) and France acceded to the Additional Protocol to the CMR concerning the electronic consignment note (e-CMR) (map of contracting parties).
Cyprus acceded to the European Agreement supplementing the Convention on Road Signs and Signals, 1971 (map), the Protocol on Road Markings (map) and the Convention on Road Signs and Signals, 1968 (map).
China acceded to the Customs Convention on the International Transport of Goods under Cover of TIR Carnets, 1975 (TIR Convention) (map of contracting parties). With the accession of China, the TIR Convention has now seventy Contracting Parties.
On 1, June the opening celebrations for the the Gotthard Base Tunnel took place. After seventeen years of construction the tunnel will provide the most efficient and sustainable method for transporting people and goods through the alps in history.
From 23 to 26 February 2016, the UNECE Inland Transport Committee (ITC) met for its 78th annual session. The agenda and the working documents are available. See also the Policy Segment page and the posters of the exhibition on Transport for Sustainable Development.
The Russian Federation acceded to the Protocol to the Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road (CMR) (Depositary Notification).
A new publication: "SPECTRUM of Border Crossing Facilitation Activities" is now available and presents the broad spectrum of UN Conventions relevant for border crossing facilitation and of which the UNECE Inland Transport Committee is the custodian, as well as other activities and tools that can make international movement of cargo and people efficient and thus improve access to markets and opportunities at global, regional and sub-regional scales.
A new publication: "Together with UNECE on the road to safety" is now available to mark the mid-term review of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety. It offers a comprehensive overview of specific activities and initiatives undertaken by UNECE Inland Transport Committee to address challenges faced by road safety community and covers in detail the work carried out under 11 ITC road safety goals.
On 30th November, back-to-back to its 58th session, the Working Party on Intermodal Transport and Logistics will hold a workshop on "Intermodality leads to sustainability" (programme).
The Republic of Moldova accedes to the Convention on Road Signs and Signals, of 8 November 1968 (map), the Protocol on Road Markings, additional to the European Agreement supplementing the Convention on Road Signs and Signals, 1973 (map) and the European Agreement supplementing the Convention on Road Signs and Signals, 1971 (map).
Recent developments related to vehicle emissions: see our facts sheet on legislative acts which provide for limit values, test requirements and procedures and conformity of production testing.
"50 Years of TIR on the Silk Road 1966-2014", a photo exhibition on the TIR transit system organized in partnership with the International Road Transport Union for the sixty-sixth Session of the Commission.
UNECE and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) jointly organized a symposium on the Future Networked Car on March 5, 2015 in conjunction with the Geneva Motor Show.
77th Annual Session of ITC : from 24 to 26 February 2015, the UNECE Inland Transport Committee (ITC) met for its 77th annual session. The policy segment theme was "Rethinking Sustainable Urban Transport and Mobility to Meet the Challenges of a New Era".
Saudi Arabia accedes to the Agreement on the International Carriage of Perishable Foodstuffs and on the Special Equipment to be Used for such Carriage (ATP), of 1 September 1970 (map of contracting parties)
Belarus accedes to the Agreement concerning the establishing of Global Technical Regulations for Wheeled Vehicles, Equipment and Parts which can be fitted and/or be used on Wheeled Vehicles, 1998 (map of contracting parties).
The Federal Public Service Mobility and Transport of Belgium together with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) held a workshop on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) on 17 and 18 November 2014. More details here.
A regional road safety workshop organized by UNECE, the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) was held in Belgrade on 15 and 16 October 2014.
High Level International Conference on the Role of Transport and Transit Corridors in Ensuring International Cooperation, Stability and Sustainable Development
3-4 September, 2014 Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Slovenia accedes to the Agreement concerning the establishing of Global Technical Regulations for Wheeled Vehicles, Equipment and Parts which can be fitted and/or be used on Wheeled Vehicles, of 1998 (map of contracting parties).
Slovakia accedes to the e-CMR: on 21 Febrary 2014, Slovakia became the 9th Contracting Party to the Additional Protocol to the CMR concerning the electronic consignment note (e-CMR), 2008. See also the map of the contracting parties.
Serbia accedes to the AGN Agreement: on 10 January 2014, Serbia became the 18th Contracting Party to the European Agreement on Main Inland Waterways of International Importance (AGN). See also the map of the contracting parties.
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 on the banner.
After its 56th session (Rome, 3-4 December 2013) , the TIR Executive Board issued a statement on the functioning of the TIR Convention in the Russian Federation after 1 December 2013. The text of the statement is available in English and Russian.
TIR guarantee continues to be valid in Russia after 1 December 2013
The UNECE TIR secretariat has been informed that, on 29 November 2013, the Federal Customs Service (FCS) of the Russian Federation officially notified the national TIR guaranteeing association ASMAP about the extension of the FCS-ASMAP agreement until 1 July 2014. Therefore, the guarantees provided by ASMAP in the framework of the TIR Convention will continue to be valid on the Russian territory.
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".
Intermodal (road/rail) transport in Europe has declined in 2012 by 11% (click here for more details and figures).
UNECE continues to be worried about the functioning of the TIR Convention in Russia (see the press release).
General Assembly resolution A/RES/66/260 requested UNECE and other UN regional commissions to organize activities during the second United Nations Global Road Safety Week to raise awareness about road safety issues. The second United Nations Global Road Safety Week was held on 6-12 May 2013. UNECE commemorated the week in Geneva, Switzerland, with four key events and a poster exhibition. The events included a symposium on regional perspectives on drinking and driving, an interactive youth and young leaders session “Scouting for Global Road Safety”, a roundtable and poster exhibition dedicated to International Level Crossing Awareness Day, and a discussion forum on insurance and road safety.
6 February 2013: live demonstration during WP.30 meeting in Geneva on high security standards for trucks to fight against illegal smuggling at borders.
75th Annual Session of ITC
From 26 to 28 February 2013, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Inland Transport Committee (ITC) met for its 75th annual session.
UNECE’s World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulation (WP.29) adopted, on 14 November 2012, three new UN Regulations that will significantly increase passenger safety, on the following subjects: Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Child Restraint Systems (CRS), Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS). See UNECE press release, UE press release and more details.
UNECE calls for increased use of the environment-friendly inland waterways: see the press release.
Intermodal (road/rail) transport in Europe has grown by over 5.5 % in 2011. More information here.
On Monday, 3 September 2012, the Working Party on Transport Trends and Economics (WP.5) held a workshop to consider and review "Urban Transport and Mobility" in UNECE region. The workshop programme is available here.
The 5th International Environmentally Friendly Vehicle Conference under the auspices of WP.29 has been hosted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy and Environment Canada in Baltimore, Maryland, September 10-12, 2012. The conference brought together world leaders from governments, industry and NGOs to explore the opportunities for innovation and investment in clean transport. The agenda and conference information are available here.
On 25 and 26 July 2012, the UNECE Transport Division, the TIR Executive Board and the TIR secretariat, in co-operation with the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic held a Regional TIR Seminar. The objective was to analyse the current status of the TIR Convention as the only global customs transit regime.More...
UNECE Executive Secretary Sven Alkalaj attended the meeting of the Bureau of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) on 5 June 2012 (see UNECE Weekly here).
The UNECE draft Global Status Report on inland transport CO2 emissions is available here. The United Nations Global Conference on Assessing inland transport CO2 emissions and the impact of mitigation policies was held on 24 April 2012.
UNECE welcomes the adoption of the GHS by the United States of America. The United States of America thus join some 43 countries around the world that have already implemented or are in the process of implementing the GHS.
74th Annual Session of ITC: from 28 February to 1 March 2012 the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Inland Transport Committee (ITC) convened for its 74th annual session.
New publication: the OSCE-UNECE Handbook of Best Practices at Border Crossings – A Trade and Transport Facilitation Perspective is available for download. See also the brochure presenting the publication.
Working Party on Pollution and Energy: UNECE to adopt new ceilings of emissions for trucks and buses
UNECE and UNCTAD Conference "Uzbekistan and Europe: perspectives for development of cooperation in the fields of transport and energy" (17 January 2012, Geneva): more information here.
Scope of work, activities, ongoing and planned projects of the Transport Division, presented by Mrs. Eva Molnar, Director of the UNECE Transport Division, to the EXCOM members.
The Czech Republic ratifies the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways (ADN) (see the details of the Agreement and the map of contracting parties)
Driver Fatigue Seminar, 27 September 2011, Geneva: the programme is available here
First WP.29 football match - Kicking for Road Safety, 21 June 2011, Geneva
UNECE moderated Executive session at the 8th ITS European Congress in Lyon
UNECE presence at 2011 International Transport Forum. See also the UNECE press release related to the event.
EATL Rail and Road questionnaires are available here
The 2011 annual summit of the International Transport Forum took place in Leipzig, Germany, from 25 to 27 May 2011.
UNECE live demonstration of Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) (12 May 2011)
UNDA Project on CO2 emissions and ForFITS: the questionnaire on Inland Transport CO2 emissions is available.
On 11 may 2011, Transport Division organized a side event: "Transport for Sustainable Development" on the occasion of the 19th session of the United nations Commission on Sustainable Development
New publication : Transport for Sustainable Development in the ECE region
Article on the UNECE World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) and its efforts to make real progress in harmonizing automotive regulations including electric vehicles (EVs) and related products : Electric Vehicles and The Need For A More Intelligent Regulatory Grid
Keynote speech on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) by Mrs. Eva Molnar, Director of the Transport Division, held at the joint ITU, ISO and IEC event "The fully networked car", 2 March 2011in Geneva.
UNECE newsletter : Inland Transport Committee to discuss Transport Challenges in 2011
UNDA Project on the development and implementation of a monitoring and assessment tool for CO2 emissions in inland transport to facilitate climate change mitigation: Paving the way For Future Inland Transport Systems (ForFITS)
On the occasion of the 73rd Annual Session of the Inland Transport Committee, the high-level Policy Segment in the form of a Round Table discussion on Transport of Dangerous Goods – Global and Regional Dimensions took place on 1 March 2011. The event was open to the public, with simultaneous interpretations in English, French and Russian. Programme is available here.
Special Meeting of Contracting Parties to the AETR Agreement to take place on 4 March 2011