For the 81st session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) Inland Transport Committee (ITC), which was held in Geneva from 19 – 22 February 2019, 400 representatives of governments and key transport stakeholders from over 70 countries gathered in Geneva in order to discuss issues related to European transport.

A big part from this year’s agenda was tackling the challenges related to automated driving, such as how to overcome huddles related to the lack of uniformity between different states in the implementation of CAD. Attendees of the session, among which were high level policy makers (Ministers and Vice Ministers of Transport) and experts (Academics, industry and other stakeholders), drafted a ministerial resolution on ‘Enhancing Cooperation, Harmonization and Integration in the Era of Transport Automation.’ 

The resolution underlines countries’ commitment to ensuring that the accelerated pace of innovation in transport automation and digitalisation will be focusing on harmonisation and interoperability, as well as the highest levels of safety, environmental sustainability, equal access and the enhanced integration of multiple modes of mobility. It further addresses the need for strengthened cooperation to ensure that benefits are shared as widely as possible. The resolution repeats that ITC will help to guide the realization of this vision, ensuring that this new era of transport automation is defined with a truly global vision.

The Inland Transport Committee is the highest policy-making body of the UNECE in the field of transport. In the course of the last 72 years, together with its subsidiary bodies, the ITC has provided an intergovernmental forum, where UNECE and other United Nations Member States come together to forge tools for economic cooperation and negotiate and adopt international legal instruments on inland transport.

You can access the working documents here.

Source: EU CAD