- ECE side event on used cars
2.30–5.30 p.m., 24 February 2020, Salle XXIV
This side event explored the advantages and challenges of creating access to safer and cleaner used vehicles that contribute to the sustainable development of countries and cities around the world. 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 contributed to a better understanding of the potential 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, the Global Framework Plan of Action for Road Safety and the Paris Climate Agreement.
Please find here the final agenda for the side event and the list of speakers here with their short biography
- Road Safety Post-Stockholm
4.30–6 p.m., 25 February 2020, Salle XXIV
The purpose of the side event was to take stock of the results of the third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, and rally support of ITC constituents in the efforts to meet the global aspirations for sustainably tacking the road safety crisis globally. The side event showcased, among others: the special role and potential of the United Nations Road Safety Fund; the mobilizing role United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety; and the international regulatory role of the Inland Transport Committee in enhancing national road safety systems. The event was followed by a cocktail/reception.
- Transport and Connectivity Potential of the Caspian Sea region
1 p.m.- 2.30 p.m., 26 February 2020, Room XIX
The Roundtable discussion co-organized by the Governments of Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), shed light on how transport developments in the Caspian Sea region assist countries in achieving their commitments under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Vienna Programme of Action for Landlocked Developing Countries 2014-2024 and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). The event gathered a selected audience of national transport policy makers as well as international experts, representatives of international organizations, development banks, academia, private sector and NGOs from across the Euro-Asian region and beyond.
- 2030 Agenda along Eurasian Transport Corridors
1.15 p.m.- 2.15 p.m., 27 February 2020, Room XXIV
UNECE and SCO were pleased to invite all United Nations Member States, representatives of international and regional organizations to the High-Level Round Table on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development along the trans-continental Eurasian Transport Corridors”, an event aimed at contributing to building sustainable Eurasian corridors. This high-level eventalso explored how to leverage and extend the relations between SCO and UNECE in the development of sustainable transport corridors on the Eurasian continent.
The High-Level Event included, inter alia, statements by the Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, the Executive Secretary of UNECE and the SCO Secretary-General. Participants then took part in an active question and answer session.
- Emissions Measurement System Technical Demonstration
1.10-1.50 p.m., 25 February 2020, outside Door 36
This technical demonstration, sponsored by the internationally active inspection company DEKRA, allowed Ministers, ITC delegates, emissions experts and climate change activists to witness the cutting-edge technologies used to test vehicle emissions in laboratory and real-world settings. Inland transport – especially by road – has a significant carbon footprint, but the key step towards reducing this impact begins with accurately recording emissions in all driving contexts and conditions. Accurate measurement is essential to ensuring that vehicles meet air pollution requirements not only when they are new but also throughout their entire life. This accuracy also allows customers to make informed decisions when choosing their vehicles and to gain benefits due to reduced fuel consumption of their well-maintained and inspected vehicles. Most importantly, emissions reduction is critical to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Agenda.
Supported by: DEKRA