Environment | 15 September 2014
ITF Gearing up for UN Climate Change Summit
World leaders will convene in New York for the UN Climate Summit 2014 next week. The summit called by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for 23 September is intended to catalyse action for combatting climate change. One of eight action areas identified is transport; the first time the UN has targeted the sector as a climate policy player in its own right.
Building on this important development, ITF is feeding its expertise into the UN process in multiple ways. The Global Fuel Efficiency Initiative (GFEI), of which ITF is a member, has been selected as an Energy Efficiency Accelerator by the UN's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. GFEI held an Accelerator Symposium in Paris on 5 September hosted by the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, and will be present at the Climate Summit in New York in the main energy session.
In the pre-summit week, ITF Secretary-General José Viegas is at the Asian Development Bank's Transport Forum in Manila, Philippines underlining the crucial role of the Asian economies and their transport policy choices for sustainable development.
On 22 September, Viegas will be in New York for a high-level summit side event with Michael Bloomberg, President of the C40 Group of cities and former mayor of New York, Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), and Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA). The focus will be on the contribution of rail to sustainable, low carbon development.
ITF is also preparing to support the work of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport. Following the appointment of Olof Persson, CEO of Volvo Group and member of ITF's Corporate Partnership Board, as co-chair of the Advisory Group, José Viegas met with Persson's senior staff in Paris to discuss potential ITF input. A second meeting is planned during the Climate Summit in New York.
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Go to information on GFEI and the recent Accelerator Symposium (external link)
Go to the UN Climate Summit 2014 website (external link)
Go to the ADB Transport Forum Website (external link)
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