The mission of the UIC is to promote rail in order to meet the global challenges of mobility and sustainable development.
The UIC is the only railway organisation fully accredited with the key United Nations organizations dealing with sustainable development and climate change.
UIC maintains a dedicated website for our sustainable development actions with the UN - this can be found at http://railway-sustainability.org . This page provides an introduction to our main activities with the UN and links for further information.
The United Nations ECOSOC is the division of the UN that is responsible for sustainable development. Since 2011, UIC has been very active in ECOSOC to promote railways as a key solution to sustainable transport, and sustainable development in general.
In 2011, UIC successfully influenced the Commission on Sustainable Development to include favourable text on railways in their report on Transport. For more information click here: http://railway-sustainability.org/spip.php?article112
In 2011 and in 2012, UIC led a series of successful events and other actions to promote railways before and during the Rio+20 Earth Summit. For more information click here: http://railway-sustainability.org/spip.php?article118
UIC has been present at annual UNFCCC negotiations for over 10 years, consistently making the case that railways are the backbone of low-carbon transport systems.
You can find a complete history of the UIC work with the UNFCCC here: http://railway-sustainability.org/spip.php?rubrique47
To engage with this work requires reports, data and tools, which are produced and upated by UIC. The two key reports are:
- Railway Data Handbook published with the International Energy Agency
- Global Sustainability Report 2012
For more information contact UIC