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COP26 was a positive step forward in the fight against climate change, but as the UN Secretary General pointed out in his comments: “it is not enough. We must accelerate climate action to keep alive the goal of limiting the global temperature rise
Countries of Central Asia, the Caucasus and Eastern Europe have been hit hard by the socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which threatens to derail sustainable development progress in the region. However, there is also a stronger momentum towards regional cooperation, and countries can
Mobility is a primary enabler of our economic and social life. However, despite its many benefits, the costs of mobility to societies around the world remain unacceptably high. These include greenhouse gas emissions (transport accounts for some 
Decarbonizing transport and mobility remains a critical policy challenge, for which we must seize the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic as a unique opportunity to accelerate progress. Decarbonization is one example of an issue where transport, health, and environment all meet – an intersection
How to enhance economic connectivity in order to make Euro-Asian inland transport links (EATL) operational and commercially more attractive? These were the key questions discussed in the virtual consultations held by UNECE and the OSCE on 26 November.The event brought together over 140 delegates
Lockdowns, border closures and restrictions to contain the COVID-19 pandemic have disproportionately impacted landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) in Central Asia and the Caucasus, which already face significant economic challenges due to the lack of territorial access to the sea and higher
What are the various types of cyber threats posed to intelligent transport systems? What methodologies are available to governments to address critical security risks? These were some of the issues discussed by over 100 representatives of ministries of transport and other relevant agencies, cyber
Now is the time to make use of trade and transport facilitation standards and digital technologies, such as electronic exchange of information and paperless solutions. This is crucial to limit physical checks in transit and physical contact at borders and protect the health of workers.Huge delays
Bosnia and Herzegovina is taking action to improve its road safety situation. This is reflected in the country’s decreasing rate of road traffic fatalities – from 17.7 per 100,000 population in 2013, to 15.7 in 2016 (below the average for middle income countries of around 19 deaths per 100,000
The transport costs of the world`s 32 Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) are on average 50% higher than developing countries that have access to the open sea. If containerized imports are considered, LLDCs have costs that are 85% higher than the world average. As a result, LLDC exports are
Ministers of Transport and high-level officials from across the globe will gather in Geneva from 25 to 28 February for the 82nd Session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC).  The meeting will discuss the greatest challenges of the modern world, in particular combatting climate change and
Excessive and inappropriate speed is one of the most important factors contributing to road fatalities and injuries in many countries. For the Philippines, the WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018 rated national speed limit law enforcement at only 5 out of 10, indicating a critical gap
In Paraguay, road accidents are the leading cause of death in adolescents and young people aged 15 to 29 – a situation that has got worse over the last five years, according to WHO. The country also leads the list of deaths due to road accidents of motorcycle drivers and their companions in Latin
The European inland waterway network of international importance spans more than 29,000 km and includes over 400 important ports and terminals. Inland water transport is a multifunctional, reliable, economical and environmentally friendly mode of transport with considerable untapped capacities
With the adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Member States approved over 230 different indicators for measuring the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. While some of these indicators are based on well-known concepts with well-
An efficient road network can directly contribute to sustainable transport connectivity, regional integration and economic growth. An efficient and sustainable network enables time and cost savings and enhanced trade through cross-border facilitation. However, the connectivity of road networks
Nigeria is taking action to improve its road safety situation. Following its accession in October 2018 to the 5 key UN road safety Conventions, the country is stepping up efforts to ensure their swift implementation, with help from UNECE. The recent
Landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) face many complex challenges. Due to their geographic remoteness, their lack of direct access to the open sea and the high transport and transit costs they face, they are at a significant economic disadvantage compared to the rest of the world. The Euro-
Automation holds enormous potential for the future of transport and can, if properly harnessed, catalyze efforts to realize the ambitious vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.In order to speed up efforts to unlock the potential of automation – in terms of improved safety,
In 2014, Austria and France launched The Partnership on Cycling Promotion under the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP), a programme jointly serviced by UNECE (bringing together its work on environment and sustainable
The diesel scandal in Europe has made us aware of the potential trade-offs between different fields of policy. While trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, policies to subsidize diesel cars were made without taking into account that diesel emissions have serious negative impacts on air
For any evidence-based transport policy, producing relevant transport statistics that are timely, accurate and impartial are necessary. In addition this allows the monitoring of the transport-related Sustainable Development Goals, such as indicator 3.6.1 on reducing road fatalities, 9.1.2 on
Economic growth and effective transport connectivity are closely interrelated in the vast Euro-Asian landmass. Taking advantage of the significant and greatly under-utilized transit capacity of land routes through Eurasia can not only provide more transport options for trade, but also boost
Semi-automated driving functionalities are becoming increasingly popular. On 17 September, UNECE hosted a demonstration of vehicles’ automated parking systems in the park of the Palais des Nations. Participants witnessed how the Remote Control Parking (RCP) system allows drivers to get out of
Unlocking the potential of inland water transport can support sustainable transport systems and boost social and economic development.  Inland waterways such as rivers, lakes and coastal routes can provide a sustainable complement to the shipping of goods by road and rail.  Transport by water can