UIC, the worldwide high profile organisation UIC mission, objectives, challenges

UIC’s mission

Promote rail transport at world level with the objective of optimally meeting current and future challenges of mobility and sustainable development,

Promote interoperability, create new world standards for railways (including common standards with other transport modes),

Develop and facilitate all forms of international cooperation among Members, facilitate the sharing of best practices (benchmarking),

Support Members in their efforts to develop new business and new areas of activities,

Propose new ways to improve technical and environmental performance of rail transport, improve competitiveness, reduce costs.

The railways remain an institution setting great store by service excellence and openness to progress.

Over the coming years, they will have to capitalise on these assets in order to survive, win and grow, particularly by:

  • Developing the overall coherence of the rail system at world level
  • Developing strategies and initiatives to improve business performance and increase rail transport investment;
  • Executing and managing projects/activities on non-commercial issues, including research, development and technical efficiency as far as necessary for the topic concerned.

UIC, the worldwide professional association representing the railway sector and promoting rail transport
UIC leads an innovative and dynamic sector, helping Members find continuing success and opportunities. Members are invited to take a proactive role in the UIC working groups and assemblies where the railways’ position on regional/worldwide issues is shaped. Active
participation in the working groups is a unique opportunity to voice opinions and benefit from the weight of the railway sector at a coordinated worldwide level. UIC is the asso­ciation for technical cooperation amongst railways, and coordinates the sector’s position as it negotiates its evolving relationship with the supply industry and research and develops needs in order to draw full advantage of potential interest to railway companies. Members are regularly informed of key developments on the dossiers UIC deals with and which impact on their activities. This allows Members to anticipate regulatory and technical changes and integrate them effectively and more smoothly into their own business operational processes.

The mission and overall objectives for UIC activities result from the statutes that were unanimously adopted by the UIC Members at the General Assembly on 31 March 2009.

In accordance with the statutes, UIC’s mission has following main focuses:

Overall objectives for UIC
To enable UIC to effectively fulfil its mission, 3 levels have been defined for international cooperation activities:

  • Strategic level: coordination with and bet­ween the 6 UIC Regions created as part of the new Governance (activities steered by the UIC Regional Assemblies for Africa, Asia, North America, South America, Europe and Middle-East).
  • Technical/professional cooperation level (structured around the following railway activities): Passenger, Freight, Rail System – including infrastructure, rolling stock, opera­tions – and Fundamental Values including cross-sector activities such as Sustainable Development, Research Coordination, Safety, Security, Expertise Development). Strategic priorities for technical cooperation activities are set out by forums and platforms composed of member representatives.
  • Support services level: (Finance, Human Resources, Legal, Communications and Institutional Relations).

The UIC Executive Board and General Assembly additionally approved on 8 December 2009 the Chairman’s proposal to focus further UIC activities on 5 key areas to be developed in the interest of the worldwide railway community: Environment, Safety and Security, Signalling, Freight / Freight Corridors, Standardisation.

Vital points of the UIC action

5 areas have been determined as vital points to serve the global community. The table recalls the 5 areas and for each theme gives the key subjects addressed in 2012.

Global topicsProjects / Activities / Specific actions
FreightHeavy trains Long trains - Paperless documentation - Global Rail Freight Conference (GRFC) - Business Plans - GTE - ERI
SignallingSignalling standards convergence - CCS Conference
EnvironmentCO2 reduction and rail transport communication - work with international environment entities
Safety / SecuritySafety and Security Congresses and conferences - Level Crossing - Safety database and enquiries
StandardisationEnergy or GHG measures - Asset Management - Terminology (RailLexic)

Three leading values:
“UNITY, SOLIDARITY, UNIVERSALITY”

At the General Assembly on 6 June 2009,
UIC Members unanimously agreed to structure UIC’s work around three core “values”:


UNITY
UIC is the professional and technical association representing the unity of the railway
sector at world level. Some specific activities are organised at regional level and monitored by the 6 Regional Assemblies. Whenever
possible and useful for the railway community, efforts will be made to convert regional projects into multi-regional or global activities.

SOLIDARITY
UIC represents Members with different features and levels of development. UIC will maintain its efforts to narrow the divide between the different situations, in particular by promoting exchanges of information, experience and best practice across the world. In addition, the General Assembly decided on 31 March 2009 to create a tool for financing specific solidarity actions with a dedicated solidarity fund.

UNIVERSALITY
UIC’s scope of activities is global and embraces the universality of railway topics. UIC can create a framework to develop new projects on all kinds of issues requested by Members. International projects may be developed within UIC study bodies for all issues needed by member railways. These can be topics related to specific railway technology (technology, operations, research) or more general cooperation activities (IT, Human Resources and Training, Regulatory and Legal, etc.).

UIC Facts and Figures 2012

 2006200720082009201020112012Δ%
Europe*464,5469,2483,8470,5472,8485,6480,0-1,2%
Russian Federation177,6173,4175,9153,6139,0139,8144,63,4%
Africa61,561,662,062,262,349,349,30%
America12,813,314,013,512,020,820,90,3%
Asia Oceania and Middle East1 646,01 788,61 950,92 012,02 079,32 187,82 172,2-0,7%
WORLD estimates2 362,42 506,12 686,62 711,92 765,42 883,42 867,1-0,6%
 2006200720082009201020112012δ%
Europe*695,8723,2986,8546,0700,6648,6621,4-4,2%
Russian Federation1 950,82 090,32 116,21 865,31 903,22 127,22 222,44,5%
Africa142,2139,2138,4137,1139,2139,1139,10%
America3 519,53 540,23 513,82 973,23 076,13 132,63 231,03,1%
Asia Oceania and Middle East2 872,63 095,93 452,73 466,23 462,03 621,23 592,4-0,8%
WORLD estimates9 180,99 588,910 207,98 987,99 281,29 668,69 806,31,4%
 2006200720082009201020112012δ%
Europe*264 204,9264 630,4263 805,8268 465,9285 408,3270 341,9265 120-1,9%
Russian Federation85 253,084 158,085 194,085 281,085 292,085 167,084 249,0-1,1%
Africa52 159,052 400,052 482,052 299,050 274,570 505,170 504,60%
America385 272,2389 862,8386 772,8383 079,2375 773,6369 222,0369 222,00%
Asia Oceania and Middle East221 788,0222 644,5221 827,0224 151,0224 204,9233 570,4227 722,0-2,5%
WORLD estimates1 008 677,11 013 695,71 010 081,61 013 276,11 020 953,21 028 806,41 016 817,2-1,2%

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