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ITC 70th Anniversary - Ministerial Meeting


Background Document: English French Russian
Resolution: English French Russian
Poster signing - "The Future Inland Transport We Want"
Opening of Ministerial Meeting
PDF Mr. Maxim Sokolov, Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation and ITC vice-chairing country
PDF Ms. Zhanar Aitzhanova, Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan and Chair of UNECE
PDF Mr. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General (delivered by Mr. Christian Friis Bach, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of UNECE)
PDF Mr. Didier Chambovey, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the WTO, EFTA, UNCTAD, UNECE, ITC, on behalf of H.E. Ms. Doris Leuthard, President of the Swiss Confederation
Panel I
PDF Mr. Abbas Akhoundi, Minister of Road and Urban Development of the Islamic Rep. of Iran 
PDF Mr. Osman Nurkovic, Minister of transport and maritime affairs of Montenegro
PDF Mr. Adamkul Zhunusov, Minister in charge of Energy and Infrastructure, Eurasian Economic Commission 
PDF Hon. Datuk Ab. Aziz bin Kaprawi, Deputy Minister of Transport of Malaysia
Panel II
PDF Ms. Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport
PDF Ms. Anna Johansson, Minister of Infrastructure of Sweden
PDF Mr. François Bellot, Ministre belge de la Mobilité
PDF Mr. Tomislav Mihotic, State Secretary for Infrastructure at the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Croatia
PDF Mr. Serge van Dam, Principal Advisor, Min. of Infrastr. & Environment, Netherlands
PDF Mr. Nico Frandi, Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative to the WTO, Italy
Panel III
PDF Mr. Anis Ghedira, Minister of Transport of Tunisia 
PDF Mr. Luis Aguilera Ruiz, Secretary of State, Ministry of Interior of Spain 
PDF Mr. Michael Andrew Lashley, Minister of Transport and Public Works of Barbados
Closing statement
PDF  Mr Jerzy Kleniewski, ITC Chairman 

Transport Ministers from the UNECE region and beyond gathered for a Ministerial meeting on the “Past and Future of the UNECE Inland Transport Committee” in Geneva on 21 February 2017 to celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the Inland Transport Committee, take stock of its past contributions but also decide on its future mission until 2030 at a time of profound changes, challenges and opportunities globally.
For 70 years the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) has been continuously working with governments, industry and policy makers to promote sustainable transport which is safe, clean and competitive, through the development of freight and personal mobility by inland transport modes, by improving traffic safety, environmental performance, energy efficiency, inland transport security and efficient service provision in the transport sector.
It is thanks in large part to the work of Governments and key stakeholders from the transport sector who joined forces at the intergovernmental platform by Inland Transport Committee and its subsidiary bodies that our roads are safer, our air and rivers are cleaner, and our trade is more efficient. However, the work of the ITC continues every day as technology improves and new challenges and opportunities arise. The high standards for safety, efficacy and sustainability set by the ITC are not resting places but merely a new starting point to build future innovation upon.
The work of the ITC has been for 70 years and will continue to be to drive progress and innovation forward in the field of transport towards a safer, more efficient and environmentally-friendly interlinked world.
The work of the ITC has:
  • helped maintain agreements which allow trade goods to cross borders more efficiently, allowing economies of different countries to become interlinked and grow together;
  • developed tools to assist governments in developing the most environmentally friendly transport policies, giving us cleaner air, healthier citizens and more sustainable transport;
  • helped ensure cars are built to the highest possible safety standards and lowest environmental impact;
  • also ensured that child restraint systems meet the best design standards and provide the best possible protection for some of our most venerable road users.

UNECE Inland Transport Committee. Ministerial Meeting.