UNEP-UNECE SIDE EVENT ON USED CARS FOR AFRICA
“SAFER AND CLEANER USED VEHICLES FOR AFRICA”
On the occasion of the Seventy-fifth Anniversary of the UNECE Inland Transport Committee
A high-level side event was organized by UNECE together with UNEP to explore the advantages and challenges of ensuring access for low- and middle-income countries to safer and cleaner used vehicles that contribute to the sustainable development of countries and cities around the world.
The side event built on lessons learned from a successful United Nations Road Safety Fund project on used cars jointly implemented by UNEP and UNECE. The main benefits of safer, cleaner and more energy efficient used vehicles are improved road safety, reduced emissions (climate and air quality), improved fuel consumption, and costs savings (healthcare, rescue services, vehicle maintenance, fuel consumption, etc.).
The side event aimed at contributing to a better understanding of the role of used vehicles in meeting national, regional and global goals, including those stemming from the Sustainable Development Goals, the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 and its Global Plan of Action, and the Paris Climate Agreement.