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As transport technology progresses at breath-taking speed we tend to focus on how advanced and intelligent vehicles are getting.  However, of equal importance is the infrastructure that they travel on and where new technology can be used to make these roads more secure, safe, efficient and
Each year, around 1.24 million people die in road accidents. A disproportionate amount of the deaths on the roads (90%) occurs in low- and middle-income countries, despite these countries accounting for just 54% of the world’s road vehicles. Most of these deaths are due to the lack of basic
How can the creation of more interconnected transport systems support progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals? How can we enable the seamless combination of different modes of transport for passengers and freight - be it bus to train or truck to boat – fostering transport that is safer
Transport Ministers from around the world will gather in Geneva next week to discuss strategies to create more interconnected, efficient and sustainable transport systems at the 80th annual meeting of UNECE’s Inland Transport Committee (ITC). The ITC is a unique high-level policy-making body,
Discussions on the future of transportation are often dominated by headline-grabbing ideas: autonomous or electric vehicles, intelligent transport systems focusing on mobility services; ever-faster high-speed trains. Within this debate bus transport is often an unfashionable afterthought, a relic
In a context of complex international supply chains, ensuring food safety is increasingly becoming a priority for governments and consumers alike. The need to guarantee the quality of food imports and exports – which is also essential for international trade – is an important feature of this,
WHO estimates there are 35,641 road traffic fatalities in Nigeria every year, over 30 per cent of which are attributed to speed violation. Nigeria is taking action to address this urgent challenge, including through implementing its National Road Safety Strategy aiming at reducing road traffic
How can countries best ensure resilient transport infrastructure to drive progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? How can enhancing countries’ statistics on transport support this process?  This was the focus of discussions at a recent workshop bringing together
How can countries best harness data to reduce road casualties, helping to meet the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on improving road safety?UNECE, with the support of International Road Transport Union (IRU), is developing a new tool to help governments design effective road
While customs transit procedures do not get extensive media attention, they are the cornerstone of efficient global supply chains and, ultimately, allow international trade. Acknowledging the need to improve customs transit worldwide, the World Customs Organization organized a global Conference
Every year 1.25 million people die in road traffic accidents while an additional 50 million are injured.  500 children lose their lives on the road every single day, with road traffic accidents representing the leading cause of death for young people aged 15 to 29.  With these numbers, road
As part of its ongoing mission to improve global road safety, UNECE, with the support of the International Road Transport Union (IRU), is developing a new tool to help governments design effective road safety plans that will save lives.Keeping the roads safe for all road users is a global concern
Representatives from the Government of Georgia and the United Nations gathered with a variety of public and private road safety stakeholders to review the current state of Georgia’s national road safety and discuss further ways of protecting the citizens on the roads.The Georgia Road Safety
Despite considerable progress in recent years, transport in general, but specifically road transport, remains one of the main contributors to air pollution and Climate Change. This is even more relevant in areas of low- and middle-income countries where the number of road vehicles is dramatically
How are the automotive and ICT industries advancing in the field of automated and connected vehicles? What are the long-term implications for both industries?  What are the business, technological and regulatory issues still to be tackled before automated and connected vehicles hit the road in
The new technologies paving the way to vehicle automation for freight movements on motorways offer promising prospects for increasing safety and reducing drivers’ workload. Recent developments and future trends in this field, including safety, traffic management and the socio-economic impact of
Every day 3,400 people lose their lives on the world’s roads and tens of thousands are injured, often severely. On 20 November, the road safety community paid tribute to victims and their families on the occasion of the World Day of Remembrance for Road
Experts on active safety and advanced driver assistance systems under the World Forum for harmonization of vehicle regulations have just adopted technical provisions as a first step towards the introduction of self-steering systems.  The group defined 5 categories of automation corresponding to
An underappreciated and often overlooked issue when developing safe and sustainable transportation systems in any nation is thorough and up-to-date statistics on road transport and road safety. Good, reliable statistics support governments and decision makers to understand what issues to address
Addressing the main security risks in the inland transport sector, such as terrorism, theft, illegal border crossings and the trafficking of dangerous substances, was the focus of the Security Discussion Forum on Securing the Global Supply Chain jointly organized by UNECE and OSCE (Organization
Over the past years, China has become the largest automaker in the world, with 21 million cars manufactured in 2015, 30% of the world’s total.  The country is therefore aiming at positioning itself in the race for automated and connected mobility, alongside the USA, the EU and Japan. On 7 June,
Cyber security and data privacy are two of the main risks that need to be addressed to safely capture the benefits of connected cars. Experts from the automotive and telecom sectors as well as regulators explored the policy options to address these risks at the UNECE/ITU
While mopeds and e-bikes are a common choice for transportation particularly in developing countries, helmets continue to be a difficult safety issue.  Between 2008 and 2020, 3.4 million fatalities may be caused by motorcycle accidents, 3 per cent of which will be children.  Wearing a helmet
The Inland Transport Committee (ITC) will hold its 78th session from 23 to 26 February 2015.  The session will begin with a high level policy segment entitled, “Innovations for Sustainable Inland Transport with Special Attention to Information and Communication Technologies” that foster