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81st Annual Session



The 81st annual session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) in 2019 marked a milestone in its history: the Committee decided the adoption of its strategy until 2030, meeting in the very same location 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).
Agenda item 3 ITC Strategy for 2030 (Mr. Kristof Schockaert, Chair of the Inland Transport Committee)
Agenda item 4 (a) Status of accessions (UNECE secretariat)
Agenda item 4 (b) Policy dialogue and technical assistance to countries with economies in transition (UNECE secretariat)
Agenda item 4 (c ) Working Party on Transport Trends and Economics (WP.5)
Agenda item 4 (d) (i) Sustainable mobility for all (SuM4All)
Agenda item 4 (d) (ii) Decarbonizing Transport (UNECE secretariat)
Agenda item 4 (d) (iii) Group of Experts on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for Transport Networks and Nodes (UNECE secretariat)
Agenda item 4 (e) Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP): From Paris 2014 to Vienna 2019 (Mr. Robert Thaler, Chair of THE PEP)
Agenda item 4 (f) Intelligent Transport Systems (UNECE secretariat)
Agenda item 4 (g) Support to the Vienna Programme of Action for LLDCs (UNECE secretariat)
Agenda item 4 (h) Transport Security at UNECE - Rail security workshop (UNECE secretariat)
Agenda item 4 (i) (i) Transport developments in the EU in 2018 (European Commission - DG Move)
Agenda item 4 (i) (ii) Update on the Work of the International Transport Forum (Mr. Young Tae Kim, Secretary-General, International Transport Forum)
Agenda item 4 (i) (iii) Observatoire de la numérisation du transport (CETMO)
Agenda item 5 (a) TEM Project North-South (UNECE secretariat)
Agenda item 5 (a) TER Project (UNECE secretariat)
Agenda item 5 (b) Latest Developments in Vehicle Regulations (UNECE secretariat)
Agenda item 5 (c) Road Safety (Ms. Luciana Iorio, Chair of WP.1)
Agenda item 5 (c) Road Safety Performance Reviews (UNECE secretariat)
Agenda item 5 (c) Road Safety: Activities of the UN SG’s Special Envoy for Road Safety (UNECE secretariat)
Agenda item 5 (d) UN Road Safety Trust Fund (UNECE secretariat)
Agenda item 5 (d) Road Transport (Roman Symonenko, Chair of SC.1)
Agenda item 5 (e) Rail transport at UNECE (Mr. Hinne Groot, Vice-Chair of SC.2)
Agenda item 5 (e) Group of Experts towards Unified Railway Law (UNECE secretariat)
Agenda item 5 (f) Working Party on Intermodal Transport and Logistics (WP.24) (Mr. Massimo Costa and Ms. Julia Elsinger, Chair and Vice-Chair of WP.24)
Agenda item 5 (f) Group of Experts on the CTU Code: Terms of Reference (UNECE secretariat)
Agenda item 5 (g) Working Party on Inland Water Transport (SC.3) in 2018: Progress and results (Mr. Sim Turf, Chair of SC.3)
Agenda item 5 (g) Autonomous shipping and Inland Navigation: Workshop on 14 February 2018 (Mr. Sim Turf, Chair of SC.3)
Agenda item 5 (h) Border Crossing Facilitation: Summary of activities 2018-2019 (Mr. Oleksandr Fedorov, Vice-Chair of WP.30)
Agenda item 5 (i) JOINT MEETING of the RID Committee of Experts And the Working Party of the Transport of Dangerous Goods: A safe interoperable and sustainable transport for Dangerous goods (Mr. Claude Pfauvadel, Chair of the RID/ADR/ADN Joint Meeting)
Agenda item 5 (i) Working Party on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (WP.15) (Ms. Ariane Roumier, Chair of WP.15)
Agenda item 5 (i) Safe barges, clean barges: Continuously improving inland shipping (Mr. Henk Langenberg, Chair of ADN Safety Committee)
Agenda item 5 (i) Work of ECOSOC bodies serviced by the UNECE secretariat (UNECE secretariat)
Agenda item 5 (k) The Working Party on Transport Statistics (WP.6) in 2018 and 2019 (Mr. Peter Smeets, Chair of WP.6, and Mr. Alex Blackburn, Secretary)
Agenda item 7 Sustainable Transport Division Annual Report 2019 (UNECE secretariat)

Weekly programme
The 2019 plenary session started 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 debated and decided on its Strategy until 2030, to better position it in a fast-changing global policy environment.
The high-level policy segment was enriched by side events and exhibitions or demonstrations of new technologies related to the automation in transport.
The regular session of the Committee started on 20 February and for two-and-a-half-days, important topics on the future of inland transport governance were discussed. The most important topics debated and decided upon included 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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