UIC defines priorities until 2022

The International Union of Railways (UIC) has unveiled its Work Programme for 2020 – 2022. It defines five strategic priorities of the organisation in the coming years: promotion of railways internationally, development of specifications and standards, creation of innovations, movement towards sustainability, efficient management. Over 1,500 UIC experts will work to implement these priorities.

“Ths work programme is an action-oriented document. It aims at giving consistency and accountability to the commitments taken by UIC in different working bodies for the 2020-2022 period. The main words here are added value and transparency,” the UIC Director General François Davenne noted. According to him, the association must demonstrate its legitimacy by delivering to the rail sector a wide range of services and expertise. At the same time, transparency suggests the UIC’s regular reports and performance assessment in addressing crucial issues for the rail industry.

Five priorities

The UIC Work Programme for 2020-2022 reads that “UIC’s identity is to be the worldwide railway organisation”. In this regard, the first priority set in the document is to promote rail transport globally. To this end, UIC must continue to demonstrate the attractiveness of the railways by communication and cooperation with other international and intergovernmental institutions such as OECD, UITP, UNIFE and many others.

The second priority is the UIC’s further development as the technical platform to address members’ needs. One of the important issues to be discussed by the UIC’s working groups is the human factor for the rail industry. Also, the organisation will continue its work over the various aspects of safety and digitalisation. As a result, the third priority is to create innovations through projects. In this regard, the UIC Global Passenger Forum plays and will play further a key role. Its various sectors will work on specific technologies such as new tariff models in ticketing, wed-based applications, a multimodal vision that combines railways and public transport.

The fourth priority is to promote railways as sustainable, carbon-free transport. To this end, UIC will continue its work on the following topics: energy efficiency, reduction of greenhouse gas and noise emissions, movement towards more sustainable use of land. The fifth priority is the efficient, transparent management for the benefit of members. Therefore, UIC will improve the internal communication and monitoring of its projects, activities and payments.

Do you want to know more about the UIC Work Programme for 2020-2022? The document is available on the link.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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