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Mobilizing the transport sector to tackle climate change

Inland transport plays a crucial role in the global economy, connecting people, goods and services to markets and opportunities. However, the rapid growth in this sector has had a significant impact on the environment. The increasing demand for faster and more efficient modes of transport has led to a substantial increase in the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, exacerbating the effects of climate change. 

UNECE’s new Glossary for Inland Water Transport to ensure consistency of terminology and to facilitate cross-sectoral cooperation

UNECE’s new Glossary for Inland Water Transport provides a comprehensive list of terms and definitions used in the various fields of inland waterways, navigation and transport of goods and passengers by inland waterways.  

This trilingual publication in English, French and Russian comprises over 700 terms with synonyms and their definitions used in international conventions and agreements, UNECE resolutions and publications. 

The glossary aims to:  

UNECE and Islamic Development Bank launch the International Transport Infrastructure Observatory

UNECE and the Islamic Development Bank launched today the International Transport Infrastructure Observatory (ITIO), a web-based platform that hosts data on a large variety of transport infrastructure networks, including road, rail, inland waterways, ports, airports, intermodal terminals, logistics centers, and border crossing points across Europe, Asia, Middle East, Western Mediterranean and North Africa.  

UN Road Safety Fund launches 2023 call for proposals

The UN Road Safety Fund has issued its 2023 call for proposals, which will disburse USD 4 million to approved projects aimed at reducing road traffic fatalities. The call for proposals is open between 06 February 2023 and 03 April 2023 (23:59 CET).   

The duration of submitted projects may be up to a maximum of three years. The call invites eligible participating organizations to submit projects responding to the following priorities: 

UNECE starts regulatory work on automotive life cycle assessment

Participants in the motor industry’s complex supply chains, regulators as well as investors seeking to invest sustainably are increasingly interested in considering the carbon footprint of vehicles over their entire lifetime - from material extraction and production to manufacturing, use and disposal.  

Lifecycle assessments of products are becoming common practice in a variety of industries, but in the automotive industry, methodologies to determine cradle-to-grave carbon emissions have so far been diverse and thus non-comparable.  

Netherlands to host meetings of THE PEP partnerships on active mobility and sustainable tourism mobility

The upcoming meetings of the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP) Partnership on Active Mobility and the Partnership on Sustainable Tourism Mobility will focus on challenges in promoting and developing policies for walking and cycling, as well as exchange views on sustainable mobility in tourism.  

First eTIR transport takes place between Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan paving the way to a digital era in international transport and transit

The first electronic TIR (eTIR) transport in line with the Customs Convention on the International Transport of Goods under Cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention) has taken place between Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan. Four packages of dried and fresh fruits were transported first by truck and then by plane from the airport of Tashkent to the airport of Baku, following the eTIR procedure and thus paving the way for a new, digital era of the TIR system.  

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UNECE to host the “Transport Data Commons” - a global open database on the transport sector’s CO2 emissions

With current policies in place, the transport sector’s CO2 emissions will grow almost 20% by 2050 according to the International Transport Forum Transport Outlook, and even more in developing countries. Many stakeholders working to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport need, use and collect such data but they are not available in a commonly known and accessible place. 

UNECE adopts two new regulations to improve the safety of vulnerable road users

The limited ability of drivers to detect and see correctly pedestrians in close proximity of their vehicle is a key cause of accidents, both for cars and light vehicles, and for heavy duty vehicles. Two new UN regulations adopted recently by UNECE’s World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) to address this issue will significantly increase the safety of vulnerable road users.