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UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE (UNECE)

GENERAL INFORMATION

Foundation date:

1947

Headquarters:

Geneva (Switzerland)

Working languages:

English

Official website:

http://www.unece.org

Number of participants (countries):

56

Structure and main deliberative bodies:

The UNECE secretariat and its committees, including the Inland Transport Committee and its 12th WG

Basic documents (affecting railway transport):

European Agreement on Major International Combined Transport Lines and Related Facilities, European Agreement on Main International Railway Lines, Joint Declaration on the Development of Euro-Asian Railway Transportation and Activities on the Establishment of a Single Railway Law

Link on regulatory legal acts:

http://www.unece.org/publications/oes/welcome.html

 

The Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) was established in 1947 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council. It is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations.

The main objective of the UNECE is to promote pan-European economic integration. It unites 56 countries, some of which are located in the European Union, as well as non-EU countries of Western and Eastern Europe, countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and North America. All these countries engage in dialogue and cooperation on economic and sectoral issues under the auspices of the UNECE. However, all interested UN member states can participate in the work of the UNECE. More than 70 international professional organizations and other non-governmental organizations are participating in the UNECE activities.

The terms of reference of the UNECE were determined by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN-ECOSOC).

As a multilateral platform, the UNECE promotes economic integration and cooperation among its member countries and promotes sustainable development and economic prosperity based on:

• dialogue on public policy measures,

• discussing international legal instruments,

• development of regulations and standards

• sharing and applying best practices, as well as economic and technical knowledge,

• technical cooperation for countries in transitional economy.

UNECE contributes to enhancing the effectiveness of the United Nations in implementing the outcomes of global conferences and UN summits in the region. It uses the UN global mandate in the economic field, in collaboration with other global players and key stakeholders, in particular, the business community.

The UNECE also establishes regulations, standards and conventions to promote international cooperation within and outside the region.

 

JSC “NC” KTZ” IN THE UNECE

JSC “NC” KTZ” participates in the framework of the UNECE in the following WGs:

1.    Intermodal transport

The Working Group on Intermodal Transport and Logistics (WP.24 and its predecessors) since 1951 has been a forum for the exchange of technical, legal and methodological information, as well as best practices in the field of combined and intermodal transport at the Pan-European level. This work sets the stage for policy recommendations and negotiations and monitoring of the implementation of multilateral legal instruments.

Its goal is to promote the development of combined and intermodal transport in the 56 UNECE member States and to ensure maximum use of equipment, infrastructure and terminals used in such transport.

The working group brings together prominent experts from the governments of the UNECE region, the European Commission, non-governmental organizations (UIRR, UIC, OTIF, CIT, IRU, GETC, BIC, MDF, CLEKAT, ISO, etc.), as well as interested representatives from industry and academia. Its structure and method of work allows you to quickly resolve newly emerging issues. The working group meets twice a year in Geneva and provides assistance to industry representatives and transport policy makers in such areas as:

The working group brings together prominent experts from the governments of the UNECE region, the European Commission, non-governmental organizations (UIRR, UIC, OTIF, CIT, IRU, GETC, BIC, MDF, CLEKAT, ISO, etc.), as well as interested representatives from industry and academia. Its structure and method of work enable it to quickly resolve newly emerging issues. The working group meets twice a year in Geneva and provides assistance to industry representatives and transport policy makers in such areas as:

•      Pan-European networks and Combined Transport Standards (AGTC);

•      Efficient intermodal freight units;

•      Interregional Euro-Asian land transport links;

•      Security of intermodal transport;

•      Provisions on liability in intermodal transport;

•      Conditions and terms relating to combined/intermodal transport;

•      Quality of services provided by railways in intermodal transport;

•      Intermodal transport as an integral part of modern transport chains and logistics.

2.    Railway transport

The working group on Rail Transport (SC.2) is an intergovernmental body that serves as a pan-European forum for the exchange of technical, legal and methodological information, as well as experience in the field of international rail transport.

Its purpose is to promote the development of rail transport in UNECE member States and ensure its economic efficiency and environmental sustainability.

Since 1951, the Working Group and its predecessors have been working on the development of fact-based methodological recommendations and have been monitoring the implementation of the UN legal instrument concerning minimum railway infrastructure standards in the pan-European region (AGC Agreement).

The SC.2 Working Group brings together railway transport experts from the governments of the UNECE region, the European Commission, intergovernmental organizations (OSJD, OTIF) and projects (e.g. TER), non-governmental organizations (CIT, UIC, UIC, etc.), as well as guest researchers. Its structure and methods of work make it possible to consider emerging problems on a regular basis.

The working group assists the railway industry and transport policy makers in such areas as:

• Pan-European railway infrastructure standards (AGC Agreement)

• Unified Railway Law (UZHP)

• Development of the trans-European railway network (TER project)

• Simplification of border crossing procedures for international rail transport

• Functional aspects of international rail transport (infrastructure capacity, productivity, interoperability, new transport technologies, etc.)

• Facilitation of container transport on Eurasian routes

• Safety of railway tunnels

• Railway safety

• Availability of rail transport for passengers

• Environmental issues related to railways