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May 2014

Global Summit of Transport Ministers 21-23 May

Transport Ministers from around the world will meet in Leipzig, Germany next week for the ITF Annual Summit on the theme "Transport for a Changing World".

- Keynote Day 1: James K Galbraith, a leading authority on economic inequality from the University of Texas, will deliver a keynote address at the Transport for a Changing World Opening Plenary on 21 May;

- Keynote Day 2: Paul Romer, from the Stern School of Business at New York University, whose work focuses on meeting the challenges from massive urbanisation, delivers a keynote address at the Creating Liveable Cities session on 22 May;

- Keynote Day 3: Bertrand Piccard, initiator and pilot of Solar Impulse, the project to fly a solar-powered aircraft around the world, will deliver a keynote address at the Sustainable Transport for All session on 23 May.

Among the innovations in the 2014 programme is the new ITF Masterclass on Designing Cities for People, including speakers Francesc Aragall from the Design for All Foundation, and Helle Søholt of Gehl Architects, on 21 May. 

Registration for the Summit remains open.

Further information including the updated programme and all confirmed speakers and participants are available online.

The Summit's main sessions will be freely available by live webcast.

ITF are proud to announce BMW as the Summit 2014 Mobility Sponsor and UND as a new Gold Sponsor.


New ITF Report Reviews Global Experience in Airport Expansion
The latest ITF report "Expanding Airport Capacity in Large Urban Areas" reviews international experience in reconciling planning and environmental constraints with demand for airport capacity and the potential benefits in terms of productivity and growth from developing international airline services. Experience is compared in London, New York, Tokyo, Osaka, Sydney and in Germany's main airports with particular attention to the dynamics of airline markets and implications for airport planning in multi-airport cities.

Access the report

Information on Ministers' Roundtable on Expanding Airport Capacity at 2014 Summit


Global Freight Data Highlight Continuous Dependency on Asia-led Growth
The latest Statistics Brief, updating global freight data collected by the ITF through December 2013, reinforces Asia's role as the locomotive of growth:
- USA and EU27 external trade, measured in tonnes of goods moved, remains stagnant;
- Dependency on Asia, especially China, for global growth intensifies;
- Brazil's external trade by air, considered as a lead indicator, declines to below pre-crisis levels;
- Inland freight remains weak in the EU area, the USA and the Russian Federation.
(Photo: Gavin Craigie | Flickr cc)

Download the Statistics Brief for free




Forum Activities
ITF's Corporate Partnership Board (CPB) welcomes Uber, founded in San Francisco in 2008. Uber creates mobile apps to connect car passengers with drivers in over 70 cities. The next CPB meeting takes place on 22 May during ITF's Annual Summit in Leipzig, Germany.

ITF Secretary-General José Viegas met with French Secretary of State for Transport, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Frédéric Cuvillier to prepare the Ministerial Session of the Annual Summit under the Presidency of France during the Transport Research Arena (TRA) on 14 April in Paris.

Secretary-General Viegas and ITF Head of Policy and Summit Preparation Mary Crass met with the German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Alexander Dobrindt in Berlin, Germany on 6 May to finalise preparations for the ITF Annual Summit.
(Photo: José Viegas with Alexander Dobrindt © BMVI)

Journalists from some of Germany's top media outlets including BILD Zeitung, Germany's biggest mass-circulation daily, and ARD, the national television chain, were introduced to aspects of the "Transport for a Changing World" theme by ITF Secretary-General José Viegas during the annual ITF Media Lunch in Berlin on 5 May. The Germany Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) was represented by Parliamentary State Secretary Dorothee Bär.

See photos from the Media Lunch

ITF Head of Research Stephen Perkins moderated the discussion on International Agreements: Building for the Future at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Air Transport Symposium in Montreal, Canada on 7 May.

Around 20 international logistics and supply chain experts met to discuss decarbonising logistics. ITF Economist and Manager of the Statistics Unit Jari Kauppila chaired a session on the government's role in reducing carbon emissions in the logistics sector at Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg, Germany on 5 May.

ITF Economist Philippe Crist will attend a World Economic Forum (WEF) workshop on autonomous vehicles on 20 May, key outcomes from which will be brought to the ITF Summit session on Adapting the Vehicle to a New Society, on 21 May. WEF launches its Connected World report during the Summit also on 21 May.

ITF is very pleased to welcome new staff member Mael Martinie, who joins the ITF Research Centre's Transport Outlook team. Previously Mael was part of the transportation team at GIZ, the German International Cooperation Agency, working on projects including Mexican Transport Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs).

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