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List of Press Releases - 2020-21

Governments of Central Asia and the Caucasus call for strengthened cooperation on transport connectivity and use of UN instruments to accelerate COVID-19 recovery (30 September 2020)

Enhancing connectivity and ensuring sustainable and efficient functioning of international transport corridors is of paramount importance for the economic recovery of landlocked countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus, especially during the COVID-19 crisis which caused serious disruptions of ...
Eight UN organizations stress critical role of international transport and integrated supply chains for COVID-19 recovery and the SDGs (17 September 2020)

The social and economic disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting our efforts to improve livelihoods and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The early responses to restraining the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted all transport operations, leading to severe ...
UN Road Safety Fund to adjust its 2020 Call for Proposals to a world transformed by Covid-19 (17 July 2020)

The UN Road Safety Fund’s 2020 call for Proposals will be partially connected with the changing priorities of governments as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic with respect to building better and safer mobility. This was decided by the Fund’s Advisory Board at its fourth session last week. The ...
UN Regulation on Automated Lane Keeping Systems is milestone for safe introduction of ‎automated vehicles in traffic ‎ (25 June 2020)

Some 60 countries have reached a milestone in mobility with the adoption of a United Nations Regulation that will allow for the safe introduction of automated vehicles in certain traffic environments. The UN Regulation establishes strict requirements for Automated Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS) for ...
UN Regulations on Cybersecurity and Software Updates to pave the way for mass roll out of ‎connected vehicles ‎ (25 June 2020)

The automotive sector is undergoing a profound transformation with the digitalization of in-car systems that are necessary to deliver vehicle automation, connectivity and shared mobility. Today, cars contain up to 150 electronic control units and about 100 million lines of software code – four ...
Joint UN call for smooth transit and transport facilitation to and from landlocked developing countries (09 June 2020)

The COVID-19 pandemic is the defining global health crisis of our time. It is causing disruption and human suffering around the world. Its far-reaching social, economic and multidimensional impacts will be felt across all corners of the globe for some time to come. The measures to contain the ...
Greening the transport sector in the post COVID-19 recovery could create up to 15 ‎million jobs worldwide (19 May 2020)

Investment in transforming the transport sector could create millions of new jobs and help countries move to greener, healthier economies, says new report. The recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be a return to business as usual. It must be an opportunity to push the advancement of the ...
UNECE releases new dataset for tram and metro statistics, ‎supporting informed policy responses for sustainable post-COVID ‎mobility (18 May 2020)

How will urban mobility change in the aftermath of COVID-19 lockdowns? In the short term, if passengers avoid public transport due to health fears, passenger car journeys could increase significantly, which would choke cities with traffic and pollution. Many cities have been reallocating space to ...
Governments in Pan-European region launch UN Task Force to make ‎post-COVID-19 pandemic mobility more environmentally sound, healthy ‎and sustainable ‎ (15 May 2020)

During the lockdown, city- and town-dwellers enjoyed clear blue skies and clean bodies of water thanks to reductions in air pollution and began to hear birdsong owing to lower levels of noise pollution. Pollution levels in Barcelona, for instance, dropped by an estimated 62 per cent. Similar ...
Let’s make post- COVID-19 mobility more sustainable: UNECE issues guidance on reducing car use in cities (07 April 2020)

It is clear that the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic cannot simply be a return to business as usual. With the mobility that societies take for granted severely limited in many countries due to emergency measures, one area that calls for a critical re-assessment is how we can shift to more ...
Countries adopt blueprint to improve road safety systematically, harnessing UN legal instruments‎ (01 April 2020)

Faced with a road safety emergency that costs 1.35 million lives a year, the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, held in Stockholm, launched a call for unprecedented efforts to halve road fatalities by 2030. The milestone Stockholm Declaration recognizes the urgent need for effective ...
UNECE issues recommendations to unlock green and cost-saving potential of inland water transport (31 March 2020)

Scaling up the use of inland waterways can accelerate the decarbonisation of the transport sector, and offer a ‎sustainable complement to the shipping of goods by road and rail. Transport by water also improves safety, reliability ‎and reduces congestion. As a cost-effective and sustainable ...
In response to COVID-19, countries coordinate efforts to guarantee the delivery‎ ‎ of medical supplies, including oxygen (27 March 2020)

A variety of products used or produced daily by hospitals need to be handled and transported with special care because they are infectious, hazardous or radioactive substances. The United Nations have developed Recommendations for the Transport of Dangerous Goods to ensure their safe and efficient ...
UNECE launches Observatory on Border Crossings Status due to COVID-19 and calls ‎on all countries to ‎facilitate flow of goods to maximum extent possible (24 March 2020)

International movement and connectivity are facing unprecedented challenges as an increasing number of countries around the world close their borders and impose travel restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The patchwork of uncoordinated measures taken complicates compliance by ...
Transport Ministers make united call for universal climate action (25 February 2020)

The effects of climate change on transport — from compromised infrastructure, to reduced access and connectivity, to poor road safety and beyond — are already being felt in every region of the world. Improving the environmental performance of transport, in addition to improving accessibility, ...
UNECE study maps transport infrastructure at high risk due to climate change in Pan-European region and Canada (25 February 2020)

From road and rail networks to ports, airports and inland waterways, critical transport resources are facing unprecedented threats from a climate which is already changing. Spain, for example, has just suffered the most powerful storms experienced in decades, destroying bridges, cutting off roads ...
UN Road Safety Fund will finance 10 projects to address gaps in 12 ‎countries’ road safety systems (19 February 2020)

The UN Road Safety Fund has unveiled ten new projects that will target key gaps in the road safety systems of 12 countries. With a total budget of nearly USD 4 million, these projects will scale the Fund’s geographical and programmatic footprint in the coming months. This announcement took place ...
Special Envoy Jean Todt and UNECE issue urgent call for new road safety ‎paradigm for 2030 ‎ (07 February 2020)

Over 3,700 people lose their lives on the world’s roads every single day, totalling a staggering 1.35 million fatalities each year. Road crashes are the leading cause of death for young people aged between 5 and 29, wiping out futures and destroying the lives of those they leave ...
Countries adopt legal provisions for the full computerisation of the TIR Convention (05 February 2020)

Countries have adopted provisions providing the legal basis for the paperless operation of the United Nations TIR Convention (the so-called eTIR) - the only global customs transit system, facilitating trade and the seamless and secure movement of goods across borders. The TIR system, ...
UNECE endorses stringent new vehicle emissions regulation ‎ (20 January 2020)

Consumers need to be confident in car manufacturers’ emissions information when choosing which new model to buy. UNECE will make it easier for countries around the world to implement state of the art emissions test procedures with a new UN Regulation featuring the Worldwide Harmonized Light ...
Kyrgyzstan can tap into strategic location along ‎key transport corridors: UN report‎ (08 January 2020)

Improving the competitiveness and connectivity of Kyrgyzstan, which occupies a strategic location along key transport corridors between Europe and Asia, could enable the country to unlock significant untapped benefits from the increasing amount of freight that is choosing inland transport between ...