Achieving Sustainable Urban Travel
Friday 27 May, 09.30: Hall 1
Session Outline
We live in a time of unprecedented urbanisation – the proportion of the world’s population living in cities has surpassed 50 per cent, and is well over 80 per cent in most International Transport Forum members. The quality and availability of transport systems are determining factors in the quality of life and sustainability of cities. Although cities differ in many ways, urban transport problems are largely shared by all, including managing growth and mitigating congestion, reducing environmental impacts, providing adequate access to all users, funding public transport, and facilitating different forms of transport, like cycling and walking, among others.

This session will bring together Ministers, Mayors and experts to discuss the transport challenges facing cities of different sizes. The session will focus on two primary themes:
  • What are the priorities for providing sustainable urban transport in a rapidly urbanising world?

  • How can different levels of government, along with private actors and civil society, work together to improve urban transport systems?

  • Nik Gowing, International Journalist

  • Jack Short, Secretary General, International Transport Forum
  • Burkhard Jung, Mayor of Leipzig, Germany

  • Jaime Lerner, Architect and Urban Planner, Jaime Lerner Institute, Brazil

  • Peter Brown, Director and Founder, BetterHouston, USA
  • Jérémie Desjardins, Head of PrimoveCity, Bombardier Transportation
  • Ulla Hamilton, Deputy Mayor for Transport of Stockholm, Sweden
  • Burkhard Jung, Mayor of Leipzig, Germany
  • Seishi Kohyama, Mayor of Kumamoto City, Japan
  • Matthias Ruete, Director General, Mobility and Transport, European Commission
  • Andreas Scheuer, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, Germany
  • Arvinder Singh, Minister of Transport of the Government of Delhi, India
  • Maria Vassilakou, Deputy Mayor for Transport and Urban Development, Vienna, Austria
  • Michèle Vullien, Mayor of Dardilly, Vice President of the Urban Community of Lyon, France

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