Road Safety Treaty Day, 5 June 2014
United Nations Headquarters, New York City
With more than 1.3 million people killed on roads every year in the world, the road safety crisis has reached an alarming magnitude. One of the first steps in addressing this issue is by acceding to and effectively implementing the existing UN road safety agreements and conventions. In order to promote accessions to and a more effective implementation of United Nations road safety legal instruments, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the UN Office of Legal Affairs are organizing a “Road Safety Treaty Day”. The event – co-organized with Regional Commissions New York Office and International Road Transport Union (IRU) - will take place on 5 June 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
The seminar is organized at the request of the Inland Transport Committee, which is the highest transport policymaking body of the UNECE. The program will include presentations by the Office of Legal Affairs and UNECE, which is responsible for managing 58 international legal instruments in the area of transport, including road safety. Global road safety instruments such as the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic, the 1968 Convention on Road Signs and Signals, the 1958 and 1998 vehicle regulations agreements as well as international rules on the carriage of dangerous goods will be presented and discussed.
This is the latest in the UN's efforts to address road safety. Recently, the General Assembly acknowledged the value of these efforts in its Resolution on improving road safety (A/68/L.40) which “…recognized the work of the United Nations regional commissions in increasing road safety activities and advocating increased political commitment to road safety, in elaborating global road safety-related legal instruments, technical standards, resolutions and recommendations...” The United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020) – also declared by the General Assembly, encourages accessions to UN road safety conventions.
PDF - Dangerous Goods and ADR
PDF - United Nations Road Safety Conventions
PDF - World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations
PDF - Participation in Multilateral Treaties
PDF - UNECE legal instruments and the private sector
PDF - Introduction to the UN transport conventions and the Inland Transport Committee of UNECE