30 November 2021

Freight transport operations poses the risks during the pandemics, especially if it is not fully computerized. As documents and goods continue to be subjected to physical checks for customs and other regulatory purposes, crew members and staff at border-crossing points and control terminals are exposed to the risk of contagion by the nature of their work. in this context, the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and intelligent transport systems (ITS) is directly relevant to the pandemic response and recovery policies.Optimization of automation and digitalization can reduce the need for human interaction, making cross-borders transport safer and more resilient to disruptions. In this context, this technical note aims to offer policy recommendations for policy responses using new technologies and smart road solutions to preserve the regional transport connectivity in the time of the pandemics and other similar disruptions. 

The first part of the technical note focuses on the international road transport of countries along the Asian Highway network in face of COVID-19 pandemic. It highlights the newly operational challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact on the global transport industry and the emerging trends in international road transport such as digitalization of cross border transport operations and greater use of technologies.

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07 - 08 October 2021
Training
Virtual

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the International Transport Forum (ITF) at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have developed a joint capacity programme on “Sustainable Transport Connectivity and COVID-19 Pandemic: pathways for greater resilience and sustainability” in order to support countries in incorporating into their medium- and long-term transport policies the best practices and lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic response, as well as to implement appropriate transport policies that will achie

20 - 21 May 2021
Meetings
Bangkok, Thailand

The seventh Biennial Meeting of the Working Group on the Trans-Asian Railway Network convened in accordance with Article 6(2) of the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Trans-Asian Railway Network on 20-21 May 2021.

The Working Group discussed the status of the Agreement and considered the amendments proposed by the Parties for possible adoption. The Working Group’s session also serves to advance discussions on the persistent and emerging issues related to development and operationalization of  Trans-Asian Railway Network.

02 - 03 June 2021
Meetings
Bangkok, Thailand

The fourth Meeting of the Working Group on Dry Ports convened in accordance with Article 6(2) of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Dry Ports on 2-3 June 2021.

16 - 17 June 2021
Meetings
Bangkok, Thailand

The ninth Biennial Meeting of the Working Group on the Asian Highway convened in accordance with Article 7(2) of the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Asian Highway Network at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok on 16-17 June 2021.

The Working Group considered the implementation of the Agreement and any amendments proposed by the Parties. The Working Group also serves to advance discussions and information exchange on the operationalization of the Asian Highway Network.

30 July 2021

The Hybrid Airship transport alternative has the potential to be a game changing technology with significant development in recent years. The aim of this technical note is to help raise awareness on airships as an innovative mobile services technology. 

The Hybrid Airship transport alternative offers the technical capabilities to make a broad contribution to the optimization of mobility and logistics networks in isolated communities and territories, especially but not only in Small Island Developing States. 

23 June 2021

With a view to increase awareness of Government officials and transport operators in Asia and the Pacific region on the ways of addressing some of the key legal implications of COVID-19 for commercial contracts covering transport of goods and to assist shippers and consignees, particularly in developing countries in addressing some of the key commercial law implications of the COVID-19 crisis, the UNESCAP secretariat conducted research and preliminary analysis of the challenges arising from the COVID-19 crisis affecting international commercial contracts, including contracts on international  carriage of goods by various modes of transport, focusing particularly on land and multimodal transport.

The "Transport and trade connectivity in the age of pandemics: Contactless, seamless and collaborative UN solutions" project responds to a call to action, for the immediate health response required to suppress transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), to end the pandemic; and to tackle the many social and economic dimensions of this crisis, made in the United Nations (UN) SDG report on "Shared responsibility, global solidarity: Responding to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19", published in March 2020.

18 June 2021

Having faced the pandemic, most of ESCAP member States had to urgently issue ad-hoc policies and domestic regulations in attempts to prevent or limit the spread of COVID-19 disease through their borders, often without warning or consulting their counterparts and in breach of the rules of transport-related international legal instruments. This situation showcased that existing legal instruments covering international carriage of goods and passengers may lack provisions on cooperation while dealing with critical situations such as the current crisis or other potential extraordinary situations.

In this context, the UNESCAP secretariat took stock of the current bilateral and multilateral agreements on international road transport in Asia and the Pacific Region, analyzing, in particular, the availability of clauses related to crisis response and mutual assistance in emergency situations in those agreements. of information and may be subsequently updated. 

The United Nations inter-agency project "Transport and trade connectivity in the age of pandemics: contactless, seamless and collaborative UN solutions" responds to a call to action, for the immediate response required to suppress transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

02 June 2021

To support trade and transport connectivity globally in times of pandemic the United Nation agencies have jointly launched a project titled- Trade and transport connectivity in times of pandemics: with overarching objective of developing contactless, seamless and collaborative solutions to preserve and further enhance the trade and transport connectivity. In Asia and the Pacific, ESCAP is leading the project and has initiated series of studies aimed at supporting countries in this direction. 

The present study on smart railway solutions has been carried out under the project with aim to identify smart railway solutions that are proven to be successful elsewhere and are potentially replicable and scalable. Not all solutions would have equal importance or relevance for the railways of the region. 

 

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the dynamics of international freight transport as no single event has probably done before in the recent past. The outbreak of the pandemic has adversely impacted freight transported by all other modes other than by rail.

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