International Union of Railways (UIC), leading worldwide railway organisation supports GPST efforts to promote multi-modal cooperation in the global transportation system
On 9 March 2017, Mr Igor Runov, IRU Under-Secretary General and GPST Executive Secretary, held a meeting in Paris with Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of the International Union of Railways (UIC). During the discussion, a number of important topics were discussed - from the political results of the 1st UN Conference on Sustainable Transport in Ashgabat to specific initiatives recently undertaken by the GPST.
The meeting resulted in an agreement on the importance of the multimodal approach to the development of global commodities supply chains as well as in passenger transport, and emphasised the new challenges and opportunities facing the global business community in implementing the recommendations and decisions of the Ashgabat Conference and the Transport Business Summit. Mr Runov informed the UIC Director General about the Ashgabat Programme of Action for Sustainable Transport that was developed in close cooperation with the Government of Turkmenistan and was presented to the UN for consideration. Both sides also agreed on the need to facilitate the movement of goods and passengers in global transport systems through the elimination of cross-border and customs barriers, and the need to simplify administrative procedures. In this context, Mr Loubinoux expressed his interest in GPST activities, including specific projects, notably the Global Transit Document, International School of Transport Diplomacy, Global Silk Routes Initiative and emphasised the need to avoid duplication in international efforts connected with the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in transport-related areas.
Photo 1 (from left to right): Mr Igor Runov, IRU Under Secretary General and Head of IRU Permanent Delegation to the UN; Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General.