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2018
Draft regulation will aim to reduce cyclist and pedestrian deaths caused by trucks´blind spots (16 October 2018)

Blind spots - those areas around a vehicle that the driver can't fully see by looking through windows or in conventional mirrors – are a significant cause of accidents involving lorries. This is especially the case when the truck is turning right (or left in countries that drive on the left), a ...
UNECE adopts resolution on the deployment of highly and fully automated vehicles in road traffic (09 October 2018)

The development and future deployment of automated vehicles is one of the leading issues that the car industry, the telecom and software industries, policy makers and regulators are facing today. Automated vehicles have the potential to create safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly ...
United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund launches call for pilot project proposals (20 September 2018)

As efforts advance to fully operationalize the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund, launched in April 2018, targeted individual actions can help meet urgent needs to improve road safety on the ground. In this context, a call to the Fund’s Participating Organisations for pilot project ...
Road safety: Cameroon must redouble its efforts and strengthen coordination (22 August 2018)

Mr Jean Todt, United Nations Secretary General's Special Envoy for Road Safety, presented in Yaoundé today the Road Safety Performance Review of Cameroon, which provides an analysis of progress and challenges in the country’s road safety. Cameroon is the second African country to benefit from ...
UN Road Safety Trust Fund gears up for action (10 August 2018)

Today, the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund, launched in April 2018, takes an important step towards becoming operational, with the first meetings of its Advisory Board (9 August) and Steering Committee (10 August) taking place in Geneva. The Trust Fund aims to catalyze efforts to address ...
Albania must further strengthen coordination of road safety efforts and address remaining challenges (30 July 2018)

The Albanian vehicle fleet has increased dramatically within the last ten years, and while the overall number of fatal traffic accidents over the last two years has decreased, the country still faces serious challenges. 94 fatalities per 1 million inhabitants were recorded on Albania’s roads in ...
Georgia should continue implementing comprehensive road safety actions, finds new UN report (04 July 2018)

Despite significant efforts in recent years with the adaption of national action plans, the state of road safety in Georgia remains worrying, with the number of road accidents and fatalities more than twice as high as the EU average.  With a fatality rate of 15.6/100,000 inhabitants in 2016, ...
UNECE works on global methodology to measure on-road car emissions (21 June 2018)

Reducing the variations between vehicle emissions measured in laboratory and on-road conditions has become an important dimension of efforts to tackle the environmental and health impact of cars. This comes as the need to improve air quality is gaining increasing recognition, especially in ...
Accession of Saudi Arabia to UN TIR Convention to boost trade by facilitating cross-border movement of goods (22 May 2018)

Saudi Arabia has become the 74th Contracting Party to the United Nations’ TIR Convention, the only global customs transit system. Joining the Convention facilitates trade and the seamless and secure movement of goods across borders. More than 30% of global trade crosses the Red Sea, making Saudi ...
Ministers call for accrued efforts to embrace the full potential of Inland Navigation for sustainable development (18 April 2018)

Inland Navigation has an important role to play to advance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  Its advantages in terms of high safety level, efficiency in energy use and costs, as well as low emissions could offer key contributions to reducing transport and ...
Launch of United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund (12 April 2018)

An estimated 1.25 million people are killed every year in road traffic crashes, and up to 50 million more are injured, often seriously. Beyond human suffering, road traffic deaths and injuries cause significant economic losses to individuals and societies, keeping millions of people in poverty and ...
UNECE and the Institute of Road Traffic Education sign MoU to leverage impact of UN road safety conventions (19 March 2018)

Every year 1.25 million people are killed and up to 50 million are injured in road traffic accidents, making it one of the most pressing health emergencies of our time. Every day 500 children lose their lives because of road accidents. It is the leading cause of death for young people aged 15 to 29 ...
Uganda urgently needs to move from Policy to Action to improve Road Safety, says first Road Safety Performance Review (28 February 2018)

The number of road traffic fatalities reported in Uganda has increased seven-fold over the past 25 years and 10 people die every day due to road traffic injuries, according to the first United Nations Road Safety Performance Review, which was launched in Kampala today. The review, conducted by the ...
New tool to help harness potential of data-driven decision making for improved road safety (20 February 2018)

Every year 1.25 million people are killed and around 50 million are injured in road traffic crashes, often seriously, making improving road safety among one of the most pressing health emergencies of our time. In this context, identifying specific road safety challenges and designing targeted ...
Accession of Qatar to UN TIR Convention will facilitate the movement of goods across borders (26 January 2018)

Qatar has become the 73rd Contracting Party to the United Nations’ TIR Convention, the only global customs transit system, to facilitate trade and the seamless and secure movement of goods across its borders. Qatar’s accession is an important milestone for improving road and multimodal ...
UNECE study highlights potential of rail for sustainable transport systems, but no “one size fits all” approach to railway reform (25 January 2018)

Rail can play an important role as part of sustainable transport systems, supporting enhanced connectivity within and between countries for the efficient movement of people and goods. While the proportion of transport by rail has been growing over recent years across many countries in the UNECE ...
Accession of State of Palestine to UN TIR Convention (03 January 2018)

The State of Palestine has become the 72nd Contracting Party to the United Nations’ TIR Convention, the only global customs transit system, which facilitates trade and the secure movement of goods across borders. The TIR Convention (1975), which facilitates the transport of goods between ...
2017
United Arab Emirates ready to begin TIR operations, enhancing transit connectivity and driving trade (19 December 2017)

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced that the TIR customs transit system has been fully implemented and is ready to begin operations in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in the coming months.  The TIR Convention (1975), which facilitates the transport of goods between countries, is the ...
New UN regulation on automatic emergency call system for road traffic accidents will reduce response times and save lives (22 November 2017)

Every second counts in a road traffic emergency. Reducing the time it takes for medical services, firefighters and rescuers to arrive on the scene can save lives and limit the severity of the consequences of road accidents for survivors. Every year 1.25 million people die in road traffic ...
Celebrating 60 years of improved safety for the transport of dangerous goods (06 November 2017)

Ensuring the safe transit of dangerous goods is a fundamental dimension of road safety. The European Agreement concerning the International Transport of Dangerous Good by Road (ADR), which celebrates its sixtieth anniversary this year, is a successful example of the positive impact of harmonization ...
Computerization of the TIR customs transit procedure to enhance efficiency and transparency of global transport of goods (06 October 2017)

The computerization of the customs transit procedure under the TIR Convention will boost international transport and trade by improving the efficiency and security of customs procedures through enhanced data management. The full transition to an electronic TIR customs transit procedure will be ...
Latest “Blue Book” provides up to date information on European inland waterway network (05 October 2017)

Inland waterways such as rivers, lakes and coastal routes can provide a sustainable complement to the shipping of goods by road and rail.  Transport by water is beneficial in terms of improving safety and reducing congestion, and offers lower energy consumption and better environmental ...
New measures to facilitate global access to UN vehicle regulations on safety and environmental performance (12 September 2017)

Many countries around the world currently apply no UN vehicle regulations, often resulting in the absence of minimum safety and environmental performance requirements. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) developed the latest changes (Revision 3) to the 1958 Agreement, ...
European countries implement new procedure improving measurement of vehicle fuel consumption and emissions (31 August 2017)

As of 1 September 2017, consumers in Europe will benefit from more accurate information on vehicle fuel consumption and emissions thanks to the entry into force of a new standard testing procedure (the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure, or WLTP). A Global Technical Regulation on ...
Good governance is key to increasing Road Safety UN Says (10 May 2017)

UNECE, together with the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, Mr. Jean Todt commemorated the beginning of the Fourth Global Road Safety Week by holding a high-level roundtable on 8 May to discuss the impact good governance can have on road safety. Every year 1.25 million people ...
Ministers from Europe and Beyond Sign Resolution to Support Inland Transport Committee (24 February 2017)

Transport ministers from across Europe and the Globe came together at the 70th anniversary session of UNECE’s Inland Transport Committee (ITC) to sign a ministerial resolution, which not only recognizes the 70 years of accomplishments of ITC but also commits to continuing to support the Committee ...
Awards of 2017 Global Road Safety Film Festival raise awareness about the fatal consequences of drink driving and distracted driving (21 February 2017)

UNECE and Life announced today the winners of the 2017 Global Road Safety Film Festival. Among the top three winners were a film about drink driving, and two films about distracted driving. The winner of the Gran Prix Prize, “Reflections from Inside Dawn” produced by NGO “We save lives” ...
2016
Call for films to compete in 2017 Global Road Safety Film Festival (15 December 2016)

UNECE and the Laser International Foundation Europe (LIFE) are putting the call out to filmmakers across the globe to submit their films to the 2017 Global Road Safety Film Festival, taking place on 20 and 21 February at Palais des Nations in Geneva. The Festival aims at raising awareness among ...
UNECE receives Prince Michael International Road Safety Award (13 December 2016)

UNECE received the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award, in acknowledgement of its outstanding contribution to improving road safety. The awards were presented at a ceremony in London today. His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent declared: “The UNECE provides a unique platform for ...
Draft proposal for a UN Road Safety Fund launched for consultations (26 November 2016)

Every year 1.25 million people are killed and around 50 million injured in road traffic crashes, which makes it one of the most pressing health emergencies and development issues of our time. Every day 500 children lose their lives because of road crashes. It is the leading cause of death for young ...
The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations receives 2016 GlobalNCAP Consumer Champion award for promoting vehicle safety (18 November 2016)

The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations received Global NCAP’s Annual Award in recognition of its role promoting global regulations for vehicle safety in the interests of consumer protection.    The award was handed over by David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP, ...
China’s accession to the United Nations TIR Convention opens prospects for new international trade routes (26 July 2016)

China 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 accession to the United Nations TIR Convention. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, acting in his capacity as depositary, informed ...
UNECE paves the way for automated driving by updating UN international convention (23 March 2016)

A major regulatory milestone towards the deployment of automated vehicle technologies will be attained on 23 March 2016 with the entry into force of amendments to the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic. As of that date, automated driving technologies transferring driving tasks to the vehicle ...
New UN Regulation keeps silent cars from becoming dangerous cars (09 March 2016)

“Silent cars” will no longer be dangerously silent thanks to a new regulation adopted by the UNECE World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) which requires acoustic warning devices on hybrid and electric cars.  While no car is completely silent unless it is turned off, ...
New UN study points to ways to create sustainable inland transport (23 February 2016)

Europe has managed to decouple the increase in motorization and death on roads in the last several decades, due to the strong embrace of road safety measures and their enforcement, coupled with uniform high safety regulations for cars and systematic education of drivers, according to a new study ...
UN SG’s Special Envoy for Road Safety and UNECE call on Governments and the automotive industry to implement UN road safety legal instruments (10 February 2016)

The United Nations Secretary General's Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, and UNECE Executive Secretary Christian Friis Bach call on Governments and the automotive industry to implement the United Nations road safety legal instruments. The call was made today at a meeting with the Geneva ...
Pope Francis supports road safety in meeting with UN SG’s Special Envoy for Road safety (14 January 2016)

Pope Francis received today in a private audience, the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, accompanied by UNECE Executive Secretary Christian Friis Bach. Jean Todt and Christian Friis Bach outlined today’s road safety challenge and the need for governments and ...
2015
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, ...
2014
UNECE Forum discusses how technology can help to improve mobility (19 November 2014)

Lead experts  in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) gathered in Brussels for a two-day workshop this week to discuss how technology can be better used to create a driving and transportation culture that contributes to safe, efficient and sustainable mobility in the coming ...
UNECE and partners raise the Road Safety flag in Africa (13 November 2014)

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP) organized a two-day workshop, in cooperation with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), aimed at raising awareness of UN road safety ...
UNECE and partners raise the Road Safety flag in South-Eastern Europe (16 October 2014)

With someone killed or injured on the world’s road every six seconds, the governments of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe take a step towards changing that statistic this week by working together to find ways to better coordinate and improve road safety. The two day workshop (15-16 October), ...
UNECE Adopts New Test to make cars more Pedestrian Friendly (09 July 2014)

Serious and fatal injuries from car accidents involving pedestrians will be dramatically reduced making walking and cycling safer as a result of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) adopting a new impact testing method for automakers.  Embracing the latest technological ...
TIR Executive Board takes note of last minute decision by the Russian Customs to extend the use of TIR Carnets until 30 November 2014 (01 July 2014)

The TIR Executive Board (TIRExB) held its 59th session on 30 June and 1 July 2014, just hours before the announced termination of the guarantee agreement between the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation (FCS) and the national TIR guarantor (ASMAP). The restrictions placed by FCS on ...
Contracting Parties to the TIR Convention urge the Russian Federation to lift restrictions on the TIR Convention (16 June 2014)

The Administrative Committee of the TIR Convention held an extraordinary high-level session on 12 June 2014. The high level delegations of ministries of Finance, ministries of Transport, national Customs authorities, and diplomatic representatives of some Contracting Parties came together to ...
UNECE and Partners Launch initiative to save lives at Level Crossings (03 June 2014)

Millions of near misses and over 6,000 deaths occur each year in the world at level crossings – where a road and railway tracks intersect. To raise awareness of this issue, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and partners have produced a film highlighting the dangers and ...
UNECE adopts more accurate fuel efficiency and CO2 test for new cars (WLTP) (12 March 2014)

When buying a new car, customers will have a better understanding of the fuel consumption of the vehicle thanks to a new standard testing method agreed to at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva. The test cycle of the Worldwide Harmonized Light-duty Test Procedures ...
UNECE endorses new global code of practice for packing of containers (CTU Code) (27 February 2014)

Today the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) moved to protect the lives and safety of both workers and the general public by endorsing a new global code of practice for the handling and packing of shipping containers for transportation by sea and land.  According to the ...
Jordan calls for global opening of the European Agreement concerning the Work of Crews of Vehicles engaged in International Road Transport (26 February 2014)

The Minister of Transport of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Lina Shbeeb, called today for the global opening of the European Agreement concerning the Work of Crews of Vehicles engaged in International Road Transport (AETR). She made this call in a meeting with UNECE Executive Secretary Sven ...
Inland Transport Committee to discuss the transformational changes needed to achieve inclusive and sustainable transport and mobility (20 February 2014)

The challenge of the transition to sustainable mobility and transport and the role UNECE Inland Transport Committee (ITC) can play in addressing it will be at the heart of the discussions of the 76th annual session of ITC. Senior government officials, international transport organizations, the ...
UNECE to present photo exhibit “E 40 – Image of the Road” during the 76th session of its Inland Transport Committee (14 February 2014)

A photo exhibit depicting a journey along the 8,000 kilometre long E40 European Highway from Calais, France, to Ridder, in northeast Kazakhstan near the Russian and Chinese borders, will showcase how operational inland transport between Europe and Asia is becoming a reality. The exhibit will open ...
2013
UNECE adopts three new Regulations to improve the safety and environmental performance of motor vehicles (15 November 2013)

The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) adopted in the last two days three new Regulations. 1.  A new global technical regulation (UN GTR – 1998 Agreement) adopted on 13 November will significantly improve the safety of motor vehicles’ occupants in the event of ...
Executive Board of the TIR Convention calls for withdrawal of plans by Russian Customs to modify conditions for TIR transports (28 August 2013)

The TIR Executive Board (TIRExB) held an extra-ordinary session in Geneva on 27 August 2013 to discuss the decision announced by the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation (RFCS) on 5 July 2013 to require additional guarantees for goods carried under cover of a TIR Carnet, announced to ...
UNECE continues to be worried about the functioning of the TIR Convention in Russia (15 August 2013)

The UNECE secretariat, custodian of the TIR Convention, welcomes that the Russian Federal Customs Service (RFCS) has delayed until 14 September the implementation of its decision to introduce an additional customs guarantee obligation for TIR operations. This decision, which has not yet been ...
UNECE adopts global technical regulation on the safety of hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles (27 June 2013)

UNECE’s World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) adopted on 27 June a United Nations Global Technical Regulation (UN GTR) governing the safety of hydrogen and fuel cell-powered vehicles (HFCVs). This new UN GTR represents the first international legislation in this field ...
UNECE to commemorate 2013 United Nations Global Road Safety Week (22 April 2013)

To commemorate the United Nations Road Safety Week (6-12 May 2013), UNECE and key partners are organizing a series of events at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 6 and 7 May 2013. The key events will include: a symposium on regional perspectives on drinking and driving organized by UNECE and ...
75th Jubilee Session of the Inland Transport Committee (01 March 2013)

The Inland Transport Committee (ITC) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) held its 75th jubilee session from 26 – 28 February 2013, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The opening of the session, on 26 February (morning), was conducted as a Ministerial Meeting, which was ...
Unified Railway Law: Breakthrough towards a Euro-Asian and even a global legal regime for rail transport (01 March 2013)

37 Transport Ministers and other high-level government representatives   signed on 26 February, 2013 in Geneva – on the occasion of the 75th jubilee session of the Inland Transport Committee serviced by UNECE -  a Joint Declaration that could pave the way towards negotiation of a ...
UNECE Ministerial meeting “Making the Euro-Asian Transport Network Operational” (27 February 2013)

On the occasion of the 75th Jubilee session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), a high-level Ministerial meeting was held on 26 February 2013. More than fifty Ministers, Deputy Ministers and other high-level officials from across ...
UNECE celebrates 75th Jubilee Session of its Inland Transport Committee (20 February 2013)

The Inland Transport Committee (ITC) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will celebrate its 75th jubilee session, from 26 –28 February 2013 in Geneva.  On Monday, 25 February, UNECE will host an international Conference on Road and Rail Financing. This pre-ITC ...
Japan to increase the safety of trucks and buses through the implementation of UNECE regulation (19 February 2013)

Japan will adopt the highest level of active safety for trucks and buses when United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Regulation No. 13 on “motor-vehicle braking systems” becomes effective in the country on 24 February 2013. This decision brings the number of countries ...
2012
UNECE adopts three new regulations to increase the safety of drivers and passengers (14 November 2012)

UNECE’s World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulation (WP.29) adopted today 3 new regulations that will significantly increase passenger safety. The regulations, adopted during WP 29’s 158th session held in Geneva from 13-16 November 2012, will enter into force in mid-2013 (i.e. 6 ...
UNECE calls for increased use of the environment-friendly inland waterways (11 October 2012)

Only 7% of goods are transported on inland waterways in the European Union whereas road accounts for 78% and rail 15%. Yet, Europe’s navigable inland waterways span over more than 29,000 km with more than 400 important ports and terminals. 22,000 km of these waterways are considered inland ...
UNECE welcomes the adoption of the GHS by the United States of America (29 March 2012)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the Department of Labor of the United States of America has taken the first step towards the implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) with the publication of the revised Hazard ...
UNECE and OSCE launch a handbook of best practices at border crossings (23 February 2012)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) launched a jointly produced handbook on border crossing policies in Vienna, Austria on 22 February 2012. The Handbook of Best Practices at Border Crossings – A Trade and ...
UNECE to adopt new ceilings of emissions for trucks and buses (20 January 2012)

On 19 January 2012, the Working Party on Pollution and Energy, approved a proposal for an amendment to Regulation No. 49, concerning more stringent emission requirements for heavy duty vehicle engines. The proposal will be submitted to the World Forum in June 2012 for its final adoption. It will ...
2011
IMO/ILO/UNECE to update Guidelines for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (04 October 2011)

On 6 and 7 October, a newly created group of experts will meet to begin updating the 1997 IMO/ILO/UNECE Guidelines for Packing of Cargo Transport Units, to reflect the latest information, best practices and requirements. UNECE will host the first meeting. Around 80 per cent of goods in ...
UNECE hosts the 6th annual PICARD Conference on border crossing facilitation (14 September 2011)

National and international challenges relating to coordinated border management (CBM), performance measurement in Customs, best practices in economic recovery and poverty reduction, and integrity in Customs will be discussed by around 200 delegates from Customs and academic circles worldwide at the ...
UNECE and FIBA Europe bring road safety message to EuroBasket 2011 (30 August 2011)

, Vilnius The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), FIBA Europe and FIBA launch today an information campaign on road safety at EuroBasket 2011, which will be held in Lithuania from 31 August to 18 September. The campaign, running under the motto “We play and drive by the ...
UNECE's "Scouting for Global Road Safety” information campaign at 2011 World Scout Jamboree closed on high note (09 August 2011)

UNECE's information campaign on road safety organized during the 2011 World Scout Jamboree in Kristianstad, Sweden, reached its high point on Friday, 5 August, at 4 p.m. when some 500 scouts from 160 countries held letters forming the slogans "Scouting for Global Road Safety” and ...
UNECE and partners launch the “Scouting for Global Road Safety” information campaign at 2011 World Scout Jamboree (04 August 2011)

UNECE and the World Organization for the Scout Movement are launching the "Scouting for Global Road Safety” information campaign this week's at the 2011 World Scout Jamboree in Kristianstad, Sweden.   The campaign will feature a series of workshops including interactive games ...
UNECE presence at 2011 International Transport Forum (31 May 2011)

Transport Ministers from the 52 member countries of the International Transport Forum and business leaders, mayors of major cities, top researchers and representatives of non-governmental organisations gathered in Leipzig from 25-27 May for a three day summit on the future of global ...
UNECE works on new standards to increase the safety of trucks and coaches (12 May 2011)

  UNECE’s World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) is working on a new Regulation to increase the safety of trucks and coaches that could save thousands of lives. This UNECE Regulation will lay down the technical requirements for the approval of Advanced ...
UNECE celebrates the launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety (11 May 2011)

The Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020), proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in March 2010, is being launched today across the world. On this occasion, Ján Kubiš, UNECE Executive Secretary, said “road safety is the responsibility of each and every one of us, ...
Launching the Decade of Action for Road Safety in the UNECE region (27 April 2011)

The conference marking the official launch of the Decade of Action (2011-2020) for Road Safety in the UNECE region opened today in Belgrade. The conference is examining the critical road safety issues that need to be addressed in the UNECE region during the upcoming decade, and the role ...
UNECE signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in the field of transport (30 March 2011)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today in Geneva, on the occasion of the sixty-fourth session of the Commission. Via this MoU, ...
UNECE member States’ ambassadors reaffirm commitment to road safety by signing “We drive by the rules” poster (29 March 2011)

Ambassadors and Heads of national delegations attending UNECE’s 64th commission session reaffirmed today their commitment to road safety by signing the poster “We drive by the rules”. This initiative represents a symbolic, personal commitment to the objectives of the Decade of ...
Regional TIR seminar in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (24 March 2011)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), in close co-operation with the Indirect Taxation Authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina, organizes a Regional TIR training seminar in Sarajevo, on 29 and 30 March 2011. The seminar is aimed at increasing the capacity of the ...
“e-CMR” offers road transport industry 21st century solution (09 March 2011)

With growing trade volumes and increasingly complex supply chain procedures, ensuring the efficient movement of goods is crucial.  To this end, Governments are adapting traditional legal instruments to new technologies by implementing “e-governance” solutions.  The latest ...
UNECE’s Inland Transport Committee sees encouraging signs of recovery in the Transport Sector (04 March 2011)

  The inland transport sector, which was heavily affected by the global economic downturn and the 12.2% contraction of world merchandise trade in 2009, has shown an encouraging increase in 2010. Road freight transport rose approximately 10%, after a 30% plunge in 2009. However, ...
UNECE’s Inland Transport Committee discusses the global and regional dimensions of the transport of dangerous goods (02 March 2011)

The transport of dangerous goods remains a subject of deep concern for the fifty-six countries of the Economic Commission for Europe. The United States Department of Transportation estimates the number of hazardous materials shipments in the United States at more than 800,000 per day, ...
73rd Annual Session of the UNECE Inland Transport Committee will discuss Transport Challenges in 2011 (23 February 2011)

  The challenges facing the transport sector and the role that UNECE can play in overcoming them will be at the heart of the discussions of the 73rd annual session of UNECE’s Inland Transport Committee (ITC) that will take place on 1-3 March 2011. The debates will gather ...
2010
Continuation of TIR system secured (22 November 2010)

On Friday 19 November 2010, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) acting on behalf of the 68 Contracting Parties to the TIR Convention, and the International Road Transport Union (IRU) signed an agreement which authorizes IRU to print and distribute TIR Carnets and ...
UNECE calls for enhanced Road and Rail Transport Infrastructure (18 November 2010)

Vienna, 18 November 2010 – Ministers, international officials, policy makers and experts, including representatives of railway and transport authorities of Central Asian countries, discussed solutions for financing road and rail infrastructures in the wake of the financial crisis in an ...
Road safety runs high on the agenda of the countries of the Black Sea Economic Co-operation Organization (18 November 2010)

Road safety performance in the 12 members of the Black Sea Economic Co-operation Organization (BSEC) is the subject of the “UNECE-BSEC Conference on Improving Road Safety in the BSEC Region” that opened today in Ioannina, Greece.  The Conference held under the Greek ...
Conference on "Financing development of road and rail transport infrastructures" (12 November 2010)

UNECE organizes a conference on "Financing development of road and rail transport infrastructures", with the support of the OSCE/Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, on 17 November 2010 in Vienna. The conference, originally organised for the ...
UNECE/FIBA road safety campaign gains momentum as 2010 FIBA World Championship enters final rounds (08 September 2010)

The information campaign on road safety launched by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) gains momentum as the Basketball World Championship 2010 enters its final rounds.  The campaign carries the motto “We play ...
UNECE works on standard for sound device to equip silent vehicles (07 September 2010)

On 7 September 2010, the Working Party on Noise (GRB), a subsidiary body of the UNECE World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29), will host a live demonstration of sound devices that could equip “silent cars”. “Silent cars” are electric and hybrid vehicles that do ...
UNECE and FIBA launch global road safety campaign during the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey Basketball stars recruited to promote “play and drive by the rules” message (26 August 2010)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) today launch a new information campaign on road safety to coincide with the Basketball World Championship 2010, which will be held in Turkey from 28 August to 12 September. The ...
UNECE signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Union of Railways (UIC) (26 May 2010)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), represented by its Executive Secretary, Mr. Ján Kubiš, and the International Union of Railways (UIC), represented by its Director General, Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, signed a new Memorandum of Understanding on 24 May in Prague, on ...
13 countries from Central and Eastern Europe and the Caucasus adopt joint initiative for safe, secure, prosperous and environmentally friendly transport (27 April 2010)

The national coordinators for the Trans-European Motorway (TEM) and Trans- European Railway (TER) projects from 13 countries from Central and Eastern Europe and the Caucasus unanimously adopted the “Innsbruck Initiative for safe, secure, prosperous and environmentally friendly transport” ...
AETR Contracting Parties approve a six month tolerance period for the implementation of the digital tachograph at pan-European level (26 April 2010)

At an extraordinary session of UNECE’s Working Party on Road Transport (SC.1) held in Geneva on 22-23 April 2010, the Contracting Parties to the European Agreement Concerning the Work of Crews of Vehicles Engaged in International Road Transport (AETR) reached agreement as part of a package on a ...
UNECE announces the introduction in 41 countries of type approval for electric and hybrid vehicles’ electric safety requirements (10 March 2010)

The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations, adopted today, at its March 2010 session, a new version of UNECE Regulation No. 100 which introduces type approval requirements for all types of electric and hybrid vehicles’ electric safety requirements . Type approval refers to the ...
UN General Assembly recognises key role of Regional Commissions in the Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020) (05 March 2010)

On 2 March 2010, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted a historical resolution aimed at strengthening action of the international community to reduce deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes worldwide over the next ten years. In the resolution, tabled by the Government ...
Transport Challenges in 2010 (26 February 2010)

While we wait for the miracle that will solve the transport sector’s carbon footprint, transport experts agree that by implementing a combination of existing measures real progress can be made in the fight against global warming. During the annual session of the United Nations Economic ...
Can inland water transport play a larger role in global supply chains? (22 February 2010)

Inland water transport is an environmentally friendly, reliable and cost-efficient mode of transport, and yet only seven per cent of goods is transported on inland waterways in the European Union (road carries 79% while rail carries 15%). Half of Europe’s population live close to the coast ...
UNECE calls for renewed efforts to increase inland transport security (03 February 2010)

Full-body scanners are the latest security gadgets at airports and millions of containers may soon need to be scanned before they are boarded on ships. But what is currently being done to secure transport on roads, rail and inland waterways? How will the responsibilities for securing inland ...
Ukraine accedes to Agreement on the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways (28 January 2010)

On 28 January 2010 Ukraine acceded to the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways (ADN), bringing the number of Contracting Parties to thirteen. In a ceremony at the Palais des Nations, Deputy Minister and Head of the State ...

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