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List of Press Releases - 2019-13

New Global Roadmap of Action to guide the future of mobility (23 October 2019)

With growing urbanization, increasing world trade and new technologies, the global mobility system is stressed. More than 1 billion people, or one-third of the global rural population, lack access to all-weather roads and transport services, constituting a major barrier to social and economic ...
UN Road Safety Fund opens 2019 Call for Proposals (10 October 2019)

Poor road safety is a key sustainable development issue that affects each and every one of us, but is yet to be matched by global-scale funding mobilization. The UN Road Safety Fund aims to address this gap and has opened its first formal call for project proposals. The 2019 Call for Proposals ...
UNECE, Eurostat and International Transport Forum improve comparability of transport statistics (16 September 2019)

For any evidence-based transport and sustainable mobility policy, producing relevant transport statistics that are timely, accurate and impartial is necessary. For instance, with 1.35 million people dying in road traffic accidents each year, there is much interest in comparing data on safety ...
UN Road Safety Fund to launch its first formal call for proposals (04 September 2019)

Following the third session of its Advisory Board, held in Geneva on 3 September 2019, the UN Road Safety Fund will be launching its first formal call for project proposals. The Fund will disburse USD 4 million to finance selected projects aimed at contributing to reduce global road traffic ...
Safety at core of new Framework to guide UN regulatory work on autonomous vehicles (04 September 2019)

Autonomous vehicles are expected to bring enormous benefits to society in terms of enhanced mobility and increased safety. However, these benefits will only materialise if autonomous technologies are introduced in a transparent manner and based on the best global expertise and international ...
UNECE’s new recommendation on fuel quality will help countries to reduce air pollution (24 May 2019)

Fuel quality is key to deliver on sustained low emissions from cars, as both cleaner fuels and advanced emission control systems are needed to deliver on cleaner tailpipe emissions. Since the 1980s, UN Vehicle Regulations have enforced the installation of advanced emission control systems (e.g. ...
Kazakhstan could play key transport logistics role for rising Euro-Asian trade: UN report (17 May 2019)

Improving the competitiveness of Kazakhstan as a transport logistics centre at the crossroads of Europe and Asia could enable the country to unlock significant untapped benefits of growing cargo flows between the two continents. For this, it is critically important for Kazakhstan to create a ...
Amendment to UN agreement will help more countries ensure safe transport of dangerous goods (13 May 2019)

Far too many accidents involving the transport of dangerous goods still occur in countries all around the world. Recent incidents among the dozens recorded every month include the explosion last week of an overturned petrol tanker in Niamey, Niger, that killed 58 people, seriously burning close to ...
China blast highlights need to continuously improve industrial and chemical safety – solutions exist (26 March 2019)

A major accident at a chemical plant in China last week, which killed around 65 people and injured 94 more – with several dozen still unaccounted for – highlights the urgent need to strengthen measures to ensure safety for the transport of dangerous goods and industrial facilities. According ...
New UN Convention will significantly speed up international rail travel for passengers, especially in Europe and Asia (22 February 2019)

Rail travel offers an efficient, safe and environmentally friendly means of transport, with significant untapped potential to support progress on a range of Sustainable Development Goals spanning from economic growth to climate action. Global passenger rail travel is growing, with over 3,731 ...
Countries adopt 2030 strategy for sustainable inland transport (22 February 2019)

Ministers of Transport and high-level officials from across the globe came to the Transport Week of the 81st plenary session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC), to debate on cutting-edge issues, including automation and digitalization in transport, and participate in the discussion of a ...
Autonomous transport must be developed with a global eye (19 February 2019)

Automation in transport, including “self-driving” autonomous vehicles, has the potential to improve the lives of billions of people and transform mobility as we know it. It could enable a safer, more efficient, accessible and ecological means of transport. It could also ultimately save billions ...
UN Regulation on Advanced Emergency Braking Systems for cars to significantly reduce crashes (12 February 2019)

Some 40 Countries have agreed on a draft United Nations Regulation for Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) for cars. This will significantly improve road safety, especially in cities, where in the European Union alone, over 9,500 fatalities were recorded in 2016, accounting for 38% of all ...