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(ITC) Inland Transport Committee (81st session)

19 - 22 February 2019

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Provisional agenda for the eighty-first session
Annotated agenda for the eighty-first session

The 81st annual session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) in 2019 is expected to mark a milestone in its history: the Committee is expected to decide on the adoption of its strategy until 2030. It is expected to do so, meeting in the very same location (Salle XVII) where in 2017 Ministers from all over the world gathered alongside more than 500 participants to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the ITC and called for the development and adoption of the new ITC strategy.

For more than 70 years, the Committee has evolved into the centre of UN Inland Transport Conventions. Recognizing the worldwide impact of the regulatory work of the Committee, the increasingly global geographical scope of its legally binding instruments and the urgent need to make the worldwide regulatory framework governing inland transport more inclusive and accessible to all and support the implementation of the SDGs, the 2017 Ministerial Resolution called for the development and adoption of the new ITC Strategy. In 2018, with the participation of Ministers from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, the Committee decided to consider and adopt its Strategy until 2030 at its 81st annual session in 2019 (Geneva, 19-22 February 2019).

Building on the high level of participation by transport leaders in 2017 and 2018 and in view of the important decisions that will determine the future of the Committee, the recommended attendance at the 81st annual session is at the level of Minister or vice Minister/State Secretary for panel positions and speaking slots, and senior decision-makers otherwise. Heads of key transport international governmental and non-governmental organizations and companies are also expected to participate at the policy segment.


Weekly programme

The 2019 plenary session will start on 19 February (a.m.), with a high-level policy segment on “Automation in Transport”, followed by a governments-only restricted session (p.m.), where the Committee will debate and decide on its Strategy until 2030, to better position it in a fast-changing global policy environment.

The high-level policy segment will be enriched by side events and exhibitions or demonstrations of new technologies related to the automation in transport.

The regular session of the Committee will start on 20 February and for two-and-a-half-days, important topics on the future of inland transport governance will be discussed. The most important topics to be debated and decided upon include Road Safety, including the setting up of the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund; automation; Intelligent Transport Systems, digitalization; e-documents, including eCMR and eTIR; the transport of dangerous goods; border-crossing facilitation and much more.

You can find the preliminary weekly programme here.





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