Mr. Olivier Kervella is a high official of the United Nations, of French nationality. His academic background includes mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and geology, and he is a graduate of the French “Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Biologie Appliquée à la Nutrition et à l’Alimentation” (1979)(Food Science and Technology). He started his career in the United Nations in 1982 in the Transport Division of the United Nations Economic Commision for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva. He joined the International Maritime Organization (London) in 1987 where he was dealing with cargo related matters, in particular dangerous cargoes, in the Maritime Safety Division.. He came back to UNECE in 1992 and he has been heading, since 1998, the Dangerous Goods and Special Cargoes Section of the Transport Division. He is responsible for all United Nations activities related to regulations for the transport of dangerous goods, including the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, as well as UN legally binding instruments governing the international transport of dangerous goods by road, rail and inland waterways (ADR, RID, ADN).