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Dangerous Goods


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Dangerous goods are subject to transport, workplace, storage, consumer and environment protection regulations, to prevent accidents to persons, property or the environment, to other goods or to the means of transport employed. 

To ensure consistency between all these regulatory systems, the United Nations has developed mechanisms for the harmonization of hazard classification criteria and communication tools, and for transport conditions for all modes for transport. UNECE also administers regional agreements for effective implementation of these mechanisms for road, rail and inland waterways transport of dangerous goods.

In focus

A round table discussion on the circular economy from the perspective of multimodal transport of dangerous goods was held on 10 November 2022 during the 112th session of the Working Party on Transport of Dangerous Goods.

The programme and the presentations made during the round table are available in the meeting section

The panellists and the participants recognized that the work of United Nations bodies on the transport of dangerous goods was already having an impact, direct or indirect, on the development of the circular economy and the SDGs and that it was now important to better identify the links between those areas.

The Working Party expressed its appreciation of the round table discussion. It stressed the importance of continuing to consider its work in the light of goals related to the circular economy and the sustainable use of natural resources, while reconciling those issues with expected safety objectives.