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Virtual Multidisciplinary Advisory Group Meeting on Transport Policy Responses to the COVID-19 Crisis

9 - 9 June 2020

 SAVE THE DATE

Informal Multidisciplinary Advisory Group Meeting on Transport Responses
to the COVID-19 Crisis

Virtual WebEx meeting from 13h00 - 16h00
Geneva, 9 June 2020

Held as a preparatory meeting to the 33rd Session of the UNECE Working Party on Transport
Trends and Economics (WP.5)

BACKGROUND

At the 82nd session of the UNECE Inland Transport Committee (Geneva, February 2020), the Committee: “Requested the secretariat, in close cooperation with the Bureau, with the support of interested governments and key stakeholders to conduct necessary research on provisions in existing frameworks and new needed areas of work to promote cooperation between transport authorities in the field of counteracting the effects of emergency situations of cross-country nature, including epidemics and pandemics, and present this information to Working Party on Transport Trends and Economics (WP.5) in September 2020 for consideration of further steps and for inclusion to its programme of work.” In response to this mandate, the secretariat calls for an Informal Multidisciplinary Advisory Group Meeting on Transport Responses to the COVID-19 Crisis to be held virtually on 9 June 2020 from 13h00 – 16h00. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE

This virtual meeting will gather representatives of ministries of transport, health and customs officials from across the ECE region to take stock of the challenges experienced by the inland transport sector in view of the current pandemic, discuss possible issues in re-opening of cross-border traffic and exchange views on possible recommendations to increase transport authorities` preparedness for and resilience to future outbreaks. The deliberations of this meeting will feed into the preparations of the working document requested by ITC for discussion at the WP.5 session from 7-9 September 2020. 

DRAFT AGENDA

13h00-13h05 – Welcoming remarks

13h05-13h15 – Introduction by the secretariat

13h15-14h30 – Lessons learned and challenges in re-opening of cross-border traffic – national statements

14h30-15h45 – Exchange of views on possible recommendations to increase resilience to future outbreaks

15h45-15.55 – Wrap-up, agreement on next steps

15h55-16h00 – Closing remarks

REGISTRATION

Please use the following link to register at the latest by 5 June 2020.
An invitation to join the virtual WebEx meeting will then be sent to you ahead of time. Please find "WebEx how-to-use guide" here.
For further information, please contact: roel.janssens@un.org