Inland Transport Committee (ITC)
The Inland Transport Committee (ITC) is the highest policy-making body of the UNECE in the field of transport. In the course of the last 70 years, together with its subsidiary bodies, the ITC has provided a pan-European intergovernmental forum, where UNECE member countries come together to forge tools for economic cooperation and negotiate and adopt international legal instruments on inland transport.
These legal instruments are considered indispensable for developing efficient, harmonized and integrated, safe and sustainable pan-European transport systems.
The work of the Sustainable Transport Division is guided by the mandates and work programmes of the UNECE Inland Transport Committee (ITC) and its Subsidiary Bodies. The Sustainable Transport Division also provides the secretariat to the ECOSOC Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and on the Global Classification and Labelling of Chemicals as well as to the Administrative Committees of a number of UN Conventions on transport. The Division also contributes to the implementation of the Pan-European Programme on Transport, Environment and Health (THE PEP).
As reflected in the External Evaluation Report of 30 June 2005 -The State of the UNECE, which served as a basis for the UNECE Reform, “the work of the UNECE Sustainable Transport Division is relevant not only to Member States but to the private sector as well.
The UNECE has the ability to achieve practical results through international agreements, particularly concerning the regulation of technical aspects of various transport policy challenges. In the field of vehicle regulation there is no equivalent international organization to the WP29 (type-approval, mutual recognition of approvals and conformity, for example, are key advantages of the WP29 over other similar standardization bodies)".