The Parties to the Convention considered the first report on the Conventions implementation and took a decision on strengthening the implementation of the Convention. They considered accession/ratification of the Convention by more UNECE member countries and its practical application as priorities. They also recognized the need to assist some countries with economies in transition in their efforts to apply the Convention in practice.
To this end, the Conference of the Parties entrusted the Bureau to draw up an internationally supported assistance programme, taking into account the result of a subregional workshop on the implementation of the Convention. The Conference of the Parties also considered the exchange of safety technologies and of experience on safety management systems to be an important factor in the Conventions implementation, and took a decision on this subject. Finally, it reviewed the implementation of the activities under its auspices and took a decision on the priorities, programme of work and the resources under the Convention for 2003-2004.