Cooperation with the United Nations

Promoting railways as a part of the solution to meet the global challenges of mobility and sustainable development with strategic partners.

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 Low Carbon Rail Transport Challenge

UIC presented the “UIC Low Carbon Rail Transport Challenge” initiative during the UN Climate Summit in New York

This initiative responds to the United Nations Secretary General’s call to bring bold pledges to the Climate Summit. This Summit, held on 23 September 2014 in New York brought together leaders from Government, private sector and civil society with the aim of catalysing climate action and raising political ambition for a meaningful global legal agreement by 2015.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, recently appointed by the United Nations Secretary General as Member of the High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport, presented this initiative. He said:

Climate change is the defining issue of our times. Rail offers an important part of the solution because of its very low carbon intensity. Based on expert analysis of transport energy consumption and carbon emissions by the International Energy Agency, UIC has set three targets; improve efficiency, decarbonise power and achieve a more sustainable balance of transport modes.