50th Anniversary of the 1958 Agreement
The Agreement concerning the Adoption of Uniform Technical Prescriptions for Vehicles adopted in 1958 (referred to as the 1958 Agreement) has laid the foundations for vehicle regulations over the last 50 years. It is administered by the World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29), which is a subsidiary body of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
Fifty countries, together with the UNECE secretariat, road users, consumer associations, standards setting organisations and NGOs, including vehicle and parts manufacturers, met for 15 weeks throughout the year 2008 to develop and update vehicle Regulations aimed at increasing vehicles' safety and environmental performance.
The 50th anniversary of the 1958 Agreement was celebrated with a round table discussion on 26 June 2008 to commemorate the Agreement's history and to examine how continuous expansion of the Agreement can help solve challenges ahead.