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November 2013






ITF Joins COP19 Effort to Combat Climate Change

Transport CO2 emissions in urban Latin America could be 34% higher than a business-as-usual scenario by 2050 should mobility there follow a private transport-oriented, high road-growth path. This forecast is based on ITF's Urban Transport Model which will be presented at COP19, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Warsaw, Poland this week.

In an alternative scenario based on the model, urban transport emissions in the region could fall by 27% over the same period, provided that long-term transport planning and policies translate into public transport-oriented, lower road growth mobility. The modeling results highlight the critical importance of decisions taken by transport policy-makers.

The ITF Urban Transport Model simulates urban evolution based on average agglomeration classes and allows modeling of mobility, modal shares and also of CO2 emissions, being fully compatible with the Mobility Model (MoMo) used by the International Energy Agency (IEA). It provides important input for ITF's annual Transport Outlook, to be published in the OECD Outlook series in December. In a next step, the ITF Urban Transport Model will be expanded to cover Asia, beginning with China and India.

At COP19, ITF will be joining the efforts for meaningful progress in climate change mitigation with two presentations. ITF economist Aimée Aguilar Jaber will showcase the Urban Transport Model during the side event on "Potential of Low-Carbon Transport". On 17 November, she will present the Forum's work on research priorities and better communication of potential C02 mitigation during a session on COP19's "Transport Day". (Photo: Juanedc/Flickr cc)

Go to presentation ITF Urban Transport Model (pdf)

Go to presentation Research Priorities and Better Communication for Mitigation Potential (pdf)

Go to an overview of ITF work on environment

Go to the COP19 website
 


Felipe Rodríguez Laguens (right), Executive Director of the National Road Safety Agency of Argentina, receiving a commemorative certificate

 
 
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Argentina joins ITF's Road Safety Working Group
In a big step towards better road safety in the region, Argentina has become the first Latin American country to join the International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group (IRTAD), the International Transport Forum's permanent working group on road safety data collection and analysis. IRTAD is particularly renowned for its road safety database and its twinning programmes to improve road safety data collection as a key tool for guiding road safety policies.

Road Safety experts from around the world meet in Buenos Aires this week for a conference on "Better Safety Data for Better Road Safety Outcomes", jointly organised by IRTAD and the Ibero-American Road Safety Observatory (OISEVI), an umbrella for co-operation among road safety authorities from 18 Latin American and Caribbean countries that grew out of the IRTAD twinning programme in 2011. To support OISEVI, IRTAD created the IRTAD LAC road safety database with a Spanish interface, recently highlighted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon as an important initiative for the improvement and standardisation of data collection methods and data quality in Latin America.

 
Go to more information on IRTAD

Go to the conference website

Go to the OISEVI website



 
 
Photo: Matt Hinsa/Flickr/cc

 
 
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First ITF Roundtable in South America examines Port Investment
The ITF's first Roundtable in South America took place in Santiago de Chile on 7-8 November. Chile's Ministry of Transport and Communication and ITF brought together international experts to examine "Port Investment and Container Shipping Markets". Chile is ITF's most recent member country, joining the organisation in 2012.

The widening of the Panama Canal for 12 400 TEU vessels and the introduction of even larger ships of up to 18 000 TEU on the busy Asia-Europe routes raises the prospect of major changes in the global shipping market. The ability to accommodate very large ships has to be considered in planning new port developments, especially where there is likely to be competition between ports.

The Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, Pedro Pablo Errázuriz, called the ITF Roundtable "an opportunity that will strengthen transport policies developed by member countries, thus helping to make our country and the world better places to live, with transport systems that focus on the well-being of the people."
 
Go to more information and the free Discussion Papers

Go to interview with ITF Head of Research Stephen Perkins on Port Strategy in Diario Financiero
 
 



 
 
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Preliminary 2014 Summit programme now online
The theme of the 2014 Summit is Transport for a Changing World: Understanding Trends - Shaping Responses. It will take place on 21-23 May 2014 in Leipzig, Germany. The preliminary programme of the Summit is now available online.

Go to the preliminary Summit programme


Applications for Side Events are now open. Side Events provide important opportunities for key transport stakeholders to present recent work, foster debate on key issues, or conduct technical and policy discussions.

Go to more information on Side Events


Young Researcher of the Year Award is accepting applications from researchers under 35 years of age. ITF's award aims to highlight the importance of transport research for sound transport policy formulation and implementation and to foster closer links between transport policy and research.

Go to more information on the Award


Details on Summit sponsorship opportunities and participation in the Summit exhibition are now available online.

Go to more information on opportunities


 
 


 
 
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Free Digital Archive Launched to mark ECMT Anniversary
To mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) protocol, precursor of the International Transport Forum, the ITF launched a free online archive of all ECMT publications at a reception in Paris on 23 October.

Go to the free archive

Go to more information on ECMT 60th

Go to photos from the reception



 
 
 
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Improving the ITF website
As part of the Secretariat's work in improving your ITF website we would greatly appreciate your help by completing a 4-minute anonymous user survey.

Go to website online survey

 

 
 





 
 

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Forum Activities
The Road Transport Group's sub group on implementation and incitation met in Paris on 13-14 November and made progress regarding the implementation of the Quality Charter.

Go to more information on Road Transport


The need to design tomorrow's transport systems with a broad range of users in mind was the message delivered by José Viegas, ITF Secretary-General in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, this week at the 17th World meeting of the International Road Federation (IRF).

Go to the presentation "Design with Everybody in Mind" (pdf)

 
 
 

Discussion Papers:

Liner Shipping Markets, Networks and Strategies. The implications for port development on the West Coast of South America.

Puerto de Gran Escala - The case for a new container terminal in central Chile


Efficient Hinterland Transport Infrastructure and Services for Large Container Ports





 
Quality of Urban Life in Latin America

21 Nov. to 5 Dec. 2013
Wikiprogress Latin America Network Online discussion (in Spanish)


OECD Green Growth & Sustainable Development Forum

5-6 December 2013
OECD Paris, France


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