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List of Press Releases - 2016-8

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 ...