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Unece Agreements

WP.29 was established on 6 June 1952 as a working group on vehicle construction, the subsidiary body of the Internal Transport Committee (ITC) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-EEC). In March 2000, WP.29 became the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29). The objective of WP.29 is to adopt and follow measures to harmonize or develop technical rules on vehicles around the world. These rules, which provide uniform conditions for regular technical inspections and strengthening economic relations around the world, are designed to improve vehicle safety; – to protect the environment; – to promote energy efficiency and improve anti-theft performance. WP.29 currently manages three UN agreements, Indeed:1. United Nations agreement of 1958 on the adoption of uniform technical rules for wheeled vehicles, equipment and parts that can be mounted and/or used on wheeled vehicles and the conditions for mutual recognition of permits issued on the basis of these provisions;2. 1998 agreement to establish comprehensive technical rules for vehicles, equipment and wheeled parts that can be mounted and/or used on wheeled vehicles3. United Nations agreement in 1997 on the adoption of uniform conditions for periodic technical inspections of wheeled vehicles and mutual recognition of these inspections. (For more information on the global role of WP.29 and its organization, see WP.29 “How it works – How to join it” at: www.unece.org/trans/main/wp29/wp29wgs/wp29gen/wp29pub.htmlor on the WP.29 homepage: www.unece.org/trans/main/welcwp29.htm) The transport division of the EEC-UN manages the activities of WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies. For example, the Secretariat provides administrative assistance for all meetings of the Global Forum on harmonization of vehicle regulations and its subsidiary bodies, including the preparation of agendas, working papers and reports. Four following committees coordinate the activities of WP.29:AC.1 – Management Committee for the 1958AC Agreements.2 – Management Committee for The Coordination of WorkAC.3 – Executive Committee for 1998 AccordsAC.4 – Management Committee for 1997AcAC.1, AC.3 and AC.4 are the administrative/executive committees for WP-managed agreements.29 The coordination of the work of the World Forum is chaired by a select steering committee (AC.2), composed of the president and secretariat of the WP.29, the chair of the executive committees of the 1958 conventions, 1997 and 1998, representatives of the European Communities, Japan and the United States of America and the Chair of the WP subsidiary bodies.29 (GRs or Working Groups). The role of AC.2 is to develop and recommend a work program.

(For more information, see “WP.29 Internal Regulations” in pages 33 to 40 of WP.29 “WP.29 How it Works – How to Join It” at: www.unece.org/trans/main/wp29/wp29wgs/wp29gen/wp29pub.html) The World Register is a list of all UN GTRs developed by WP.29 and adopted by AC.3 (based on a consensus vote for united NATIONS SECURITY). In May 2013, 12 UN GTRs will be created in the World Register. The Global Registry is available here: www.unece.org/trans/main/wp29/wp29wgs/wp29gen/wp29glob_registry… A current UN regulation legally binds all contracting parties who have signed the same regulation.