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2014

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).

CTU Code: UNECE endorses new global code of practice for packing of containers

AETR: Jordan calls for global opening of the European Agreement concerning the Work of Crews of Vehicles engaged in International Road Transport.

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.

2013

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".

On 29 August 2013, Lebanon acceded to the Customs Convention on Containers, 1972. See also the map of the Contracting Parties.

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).

On 28 June 2013, Denmark acceded to the Additional Protocol to the CMR concerning the electronic consignment note (e-CMR). See also the Contracting Parties page.

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.

On March 2013, Qatar acceded to the Convention on Road Traffic, of 8 November 1968. See the Depositary Notification and the Contracting Parties page.

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.

2012

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 Report of the 74th session of the Inland Transport Committee is published on our ITC homepage.

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.
A Round Table on ITS for sustainable mobility was held on 28 February.

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.

2011

Tajikistan accedes to five Transport agreements and conventions. See the latest ratifications and the contracting parties map and chart.

Inauguration of a sculpture dedicated to the UN and the Decade of Action for Road Safety in Chania, Crete

Albania accedes the Agreement concerning the Adoption of Uniform Technical Prescriptions for Wheeled Vehicles

IMO/ILO/UNECE to update Guidelines for Packing of Cargo Transport Units

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)

UNECE, FIBA and FIBA Europe bring road safety message to EuroBasket 2011

UNECE's "Scouting for Global Road Safety Campaign, World Scout Jamboree 2011"

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 5 June 2011, the Additional Protocol to the convention on the contract for the international carriage of goods by road (CMR) concerning the electronic consignment note enter into force.

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

UNECE signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in the field of transport

UNECE member States’ ambassadors reaffirm commitment to road safety by signing "We drive by the rules" poster

WP.1 on film : new video presenting Road Safety

New publication : Transport for Sustainable Development in the ECE region

Launching of the Decade of Action (2011-2020) for Road Safety in the UNECE 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.

Kazakhstan accedes to the Agreement concerning the adoption of uniform conditions for periodical technical inspections of wheeled vehicles and the reciprocal recognition of such inspections.

Press release : 73rd Annual Session of the UNECE Inland Transport Committee will discuss Transport Challenges in 2011.

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)

Public consultation on the UNECE strategy for the promotion of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)

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