18-19 APRIL 2018, WROCLAW, POLAND

INTERNATIONALMINISTERIAL
CONFERENCE CONNECTINGBY
INLANDNAVIGATION

18-19 APRIL 2018, WROCLAW, POLAND

CONNECTING BY INLAND NAVIGATION IN WROCLAW.

Inland Navigation has an important role to play to advance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  Its advantages in terms of high safety level, efficiency in energy use and costs, as well as low emissions could offer key contributions to reducing transport and logistics costs, as well as congestions on the road, if countries use them to their full potential.

The many concrete benefits for the economy that Inland Navigation can bring in terms of safety, environmental protection and logistics were at the centre of debates at the International Ministerial Conference Connecting by Inland Navigation.

Over  400 delegates gathered to discuss the development of inland navigation across the world and on a number of river basins. More than fifty UN member States across the globe have navigable inland waterways – rivers, canals, lakes, some of them are of international importance which play or could play a significant role in international freight and passenger transport.

Speakers addressed areas such as investment in inland waterways, the contribution the sector is making to achieving the sustainable development goals, technological development, the training and working conditions on waterways. The Conference also emphasized the importance of the role of inland water transport for the sustainable functioning of national transport systems and the contribution it can make to social and economic development.

Progress on topics such as international projects designed to eliminate administrative barriers, the rehabilitation of the fairway of international rivers, removing bottlenecks on waterways, national transport strategies and projects aimed at the development of inland water transport infrastructure, was reviewed.

The first day of the Conference concluded with the adoption of the Ministerial Declaration Inland Navigation in a Global Setting. The Declaration sets forth a number of strategic actions to improve the competitive position of inland waterways across the globe with the aim of creating a sustainable future for Inland Navigation.

The Declaration stresses in particular the need for:

  • an appropriate regulatory frameworks, and the role that the United Nations Conventions for the sector can play in developing them,
  • using the full potential of the sector in balancing transport modes and promoting multimodality,
  • ensuring the sector’s resilience to climate change,
  • increasing the competitiveness of the sector through innovation,
  • ensuring that the development of Inland Water Transport is pursued in an internationally harmonized manner.

Countries and all parties concerned are invited to develop action plans for the implementation of these issues, and progress will be monitored.

The Ministerial Conference is organised jointly by UNECE and the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation of Poland.

source: unece.org

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MINISTERIAL DECLARATION

The declaration in English

The declaration in French

The declaration in Russian

The signature pages for the invited countries

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