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Trends and Economics


The Working Party on Transport Trends and Economics (WP.5) is an intergovernmental body that provides a pan-European forum for exchange of ideas about the progress and challenges concerning sustainable inland transport across the pan-European region. The objective is to enhance the understanding of the main inland transport trends and developments in the UNECE region and strengthen international cooperation to develop sustainable Euro-Asian transport links.

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See the flyer presenting the Euro-Asian Transport Links project.

Workshop on quantifying transport costs for landlocked developing countries (2 September 2019).  UNECE in collaboration with the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) and other partners will hold a workshop on quantifying transport costs for landlocked developing countries. This workshop will provide an opportunity to take stock of and discuss various approaches and methodologies used by countries to quantify transport costs, consider key methodological gaps and explore opportunities for the development of a more harmonized cost quantification model for landlocked countries.

Workshop on strengthening security on inland freight routes (3-4 September 2018).  UNECE in collaboration with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and other partners will hold a workshop on strengthening security on inland freight routes. The purpose of the workshop is to provide a platform for the exchange of information on recurrent and emerging challenges in inland transport security and on different options and best practices to address the identified risks and threats. The workshop should lead to a set of recommendations and identify pilot countries at a sub-regional level (along specific freight routes) where the introduction of certain measures, such as new ICT tools, preliminary exchange of customs and traveller’s data, or shared mechanisms for risk management, selectivity and profiling would be further discussed.