81st annual session of the Inland Transport CommitteeDaniele D'Onofrio
The 81st annual session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC), the highest policy-making body of the UNECE in the field of transport, is taking place in Geneva (19-22 February 2019).
For more than 70 years, the Committee has evolved into the centre of UN Inland Transport Conventions. Recognizing the worldwide impact of the regulatory work of the Committee, the increasingly global geographical scope of its legally binding instruments, the urgent need to make the worldwide regulatory framework governing inland transport more inclusive and accessible to all, and support the implementation of the SDGs, the Committee is deciding on the adoption of its strategy until 2030: this new session of 2019 marked a milestone in ITC history, and CITA is there to support this event!
The attendance at the 81st annual session is at the level of Minister or vice Minister/State Secretary for panel positions and speaking slots, and senior decision-makers otherwise. Heads of key transport international governmental and non-governmental organizations and companies participated at the policy segment. Yesterday (19 February), Mr Lothar Geilen, CITA Vice President, addressed some words to the Ministers of Transport during the break of the plenary session.
The weekly programme includes also a high-level policy segment on “Automation in Transport”, the regular session of the Committee and side events/exhibitions of new technologies related to the automation in transport.
The most important topics debated are Road Safety, including the setting up of the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund; Intelligent Transport Systems, digitalization; e-documents, including eCMR and eTIR; the transport of dangerous goods; border-crossing facilitation and much more.