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The UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety is visiting Côte d'Ivoire to raise awareness on life saving actions

The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, will visit Côte d'Ivoire (29 February - 3 March 2024) to support national authorities' road safety initiatives. In particular, the Special Envoy will launch the United Nations Global Campaign for Road Safety, in partnership with JCDecaux, under the motto #MakeASafetyStatement, to raise awareness on life-saving actions. The launch event is organized on 2 and 3 March 2024 in Bouaké with the Ministry of Transport of the Government the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire. 

24Seconds: mobilizing brands for safer roads through the UN Road Safety Fund

Every year approximately 1.19 million people die, and 50 million people are left with life-altering injuries. The urgency is clear: road crashes are not just statistics; they are a global epidemic affecting children, young adults, and communities at large. If current trends continue, road crashes are poised to become the 5th leading cause of death for all age groups by 2030, resulting in an additional 13 million deaths and 500 million injuries.

Executive Secretary’s visit to EU Commission underscores mutual benefits of cooperation, with a strong focus on normative work 

In her first visit to Brussels as UNECE Executive Secretary, Tatiana Molcean held strategic discussions this week with European Commissioners for environment and energy, and high-level officials responsible for industrial policy, trade and cooperation with EU acceding, candidate and neighbouring countries. 

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UNECE Inland Transport Committee to focus on decarbonization of inland transport by 2050

The transport sector is responsible for 23% of global greenhouse gas emissions, with road transport accounting for around 77% of these emissions. As populations, economies, and the need for mobility grow, the World Bank estimates that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport could increase by as much as 60% by 2050 if left unchecked

To get on track with the Net Zero Emissions scenario by 2050, CO2 emissions from the transport sector must fall by more than 3% per year by 2030.   

UNECE to introduce the first ever methodology to measure particle emissions from tyres

Following the adoption last year of a methodology to measure the emissions from braking systems, UNECE’s World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) now turns to tackling emissions from tyres.   

Made from a mixture of natural and synthetic rubber and plastic polymers, including other chemical components, tyres represent a significant source of non-exhaust emissions. 

UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety visits Timor-Leste to advocate for safer mobility

Special Envoy Jean Todt is visiting Timor-Leste from 7 until 10 February, to meet H.E President José Manuel Ramos-Horta, ministers and representatives of the public and private sector, and civil society, to advocate for the effective implementation of the

New UN regulation paves the way for the roll-out of additional driver assistance systems

UNECE’s Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles has adopted the draft of a new regulation that defines provisions for the approval of vehicles with Driver Control Assistance Systems (DCAS) and provides minimum safety requirements for vehicles equipped with the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), such as lane keep assist. 

DCAS are a subset of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). While active, DCAS are able to stabilize or manoeuvre the vehicle.  

New UN regulation will ensure durable batteries for electric vans

Batteries fitted to electric vans will be required to be of high quality and durable over the years thanks to a proposal agreed today by UNECE’s Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE).  

The proposal will now be submitted to the UNECE-hosted World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) for adoption in June 2024.