The UNECE co-operation with the OSCE
UNECE is one of the five regional commissions under the jurisdiction of the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
The Contracting Parties to the TIR Convention launched in 2003 the so-called "eTIR Project", aimed at providing an exchange platform for all actors (Customs authorities, TIR carnet holders, and guarantee chains) involved in the TIR system, known as the "eTIR international system".
The eTIR international system aims to ensure the secure exchange of data between national Customs systems related to the international transit of goods, vehicles, or containers according to the provisions of the TIR Convention and to allow Customs to manage the data on guarantees, issued by guarantee chains to holders authorized to use the TIR system.
In the wake of the COVID-19 health crisis, the need for digitalization of transport and transit documents has increased significantly leading to a growing number of countries interested to become part of the eTIR international system. In this context, the need to develop new information & eLearning platform became evident.
Cooperation with other international organizations and partners is central to all OCEEA activities in this area and in this regard for many years now, UNECE has been a reliable and strong partner of the OSCE.
With 57 participating States in North America, Europe, and Asia, the OSCE – the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe – is the world’s largest regional security organization.
The OSCE works for stability, security, and democracy, through political dialogue based on shared principles and through practical work to build and sustain peace. With its Secretariat in Vienna, a network of 15 field operations, as well as three institutions, the OSCE implements its comprehensive approach to security that encompasses the politico-military, economic and environmental, and human dimensions.
Enhanced economic connectivity through trade and transport facilitation has been recognized by all 57 participating States as a key factor for fostering co-operation in the OSCE area and as a prerequisite for economic growth, stability, and security. Within the Secretariat, the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA) addresses security-related economic and environmental issues as part of OSCE's comprehensive approach to security.
Against this background, and as part of its mandate, the OCEEA is actively involved in supporting the OSCE participating States in strengthening and complementing existing connectivity initiatives to make trade and transport more efficient, safe, and sustainable. In particular, cooperation with other international organizations and partners is central to all OCEEA activities in this area, and in this regard for many years now, UNECE has been a reliable and strong partner of the OSCE.
This website was developed in cooperation and thanks to the kind financial contribution of the OSCE.