International Signs. Permanent Committee on Road Traffic

Description

The Organisation for Communications and Transit was a technical body of the League of Nations responsible for promoting international cooperation in such areas as international road traffic, rail transport and inland navigation, ports and maritime navigation, unification of road signals and maritime signals, simplification of passports and visa procedures, and transmission of electric power across national frontiers. The organization established a number of permanent and temporary committees for specific policy areas, including the Permanent Committee on Road Traffic. The Organisation for Communications and Transit held major conferences in Barcelona in 1921 and in Geneva in 1923 to conclude conventions on ports and railways. The organization also took the lead in working with member states of the League to draw up the 1931 Convention on the Unification of Road Signals. Shown here is a system of international road signs and hand signals proposed by the Permanent Committee on Road Traffic. The document is from the archives of the League, which were transferred to the United Nations in 1946 and are housed at the UN office in Geneva. They were inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World register in 2010.

Last updated: August 5, 2016