The International Union of Railways (UIC) is the world-wide organisation for international co-operation among railways and promotion of the rail transport mode. Founded in 1922, it currently gathers 227 members on all five continents. The UIC’s main mission is to promote rail transport at a global level in order to cope with current challenges of mobility and sustainable development, by enhancing international cooperation between its members.The UIC’s objectives are to facilitate exchange on best practices among members, support members in their efforts to develop new business opportunities, propose new ways for improving economic performance of the rail network, achieve interoperability and create new world standards for railways (including common standards with other modes).