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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.

Go to ITF work on environment

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)

Experts Gather at ITF to Review Tools for Improved Policy Making
Potential improvements in investment appraisal is the subject of an ITF Roundtable in Paris, France from 15-16 September, titled "Ex-post assessments of transport investments and policy interventions: Prerequisites for ex-post assessments and methodological challenges". Chaired by UK expert Tom Worsley, the Roundtable will bring international experts together to review practices, examine data and review the range of tools which can be employed. As a new service, video-on-demand recordings of the four presentations by: Dan Graham, Imperial College of London, UK; Geraldine Barker, NAO, UK; Alain Bonnafous, LET, France; and Stephen Fitzroy, EDR, USA will be available from the ITF website from Monday 22 September. A video summary by Roundtable Chair, Tom Worsley, (UK) will also be online.
(Pictured at the Roundtable (l-r) Tom Worsley (Chair), Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, UK, Stephen Perkins, ITF Head of Research, Dejan Makovsek, ITF Economist)

Go to more information on the Roundtable
Benefits of Travel Time Reliability Highlighted at ITS World Congress
Reducing uncertainty for travellers about the time it will take to reach their destination should become a policy priority for authorities. Research showing that the cost of unreliable travel may rival that of congestion was the focus of a presentation by ITF Senior Economist Jari Kauppila at the ITS World Congress in Detroit, USA on 10 September.

Developing a regulatory roadmap for autonomous driving was the subject of an ITF Corporate Partnership Board members project group meeting also held during the Congress. The project is being coordinated by ITF Economist Philippe Crist. ITF was also represented with an exhibition stand.
(Photo: ITF's Sharon Masterson (left) with Sunny Huang, President of Liaoning Forever Enterprise Group, China, at the ITF Stand during ITS World Congress 2014)

Go to Travel Time Reliability Media Release (pdf)

Go to ITF Corporate Partnership Board information

Get Involved in the 2015 Summit Programme
The ITF Annual Summit on Transport, Trade and Tourism will take place in Leipzig, Germany from 27-29 May 2015. External organisations can become involved in the Summit programme through:

- hosting Side Events and Other Events;
- becoming a Summit Sponsor;
- becoming a Summit Exhibitor.

Go to more information on the 2015 Summit
World's Largest Transport Research Database Proves a Success
More than three million searches have been performed on the Transport Research International Documentation (TRID) database since its launch in 2011. The database, the world's largest for published or on-going transport research, is freely accessible via the Transportation Research Board's website (see below).

Research organisations are encouraged to play an active role in developing transport knowledge by becoming members of ITRD (International Transport Research Documentation), which coordinates inputs from its members into TRID. Members enjoy promotional conditions and exposure for their research.

For more information, please contact:

Go to the Transportation Research Board (TRB) website.



Forum Activities
The need for seamless transport and the role of air cargo in supporting high-value global supply chains were the focus of open remarks at a panel moderated by ITF Economist Alain Lumbroso at the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) first Air Cargo Development Forum in Zhengzhou, China on 3 September 2014.

The ITF's Transport Management Board (TMB) met in Paris, France on 3 September 2014 for an extraordinary meeting to prepare the regular October meeting of the TMB, which will take place from 27-29 October, also in Paris.

The Group on Road Transport's Sub-Group on Quality Charter Enforcement and Incitation Mechanisms met in Paris on 4 September to prepare documents on Quality Charter implementation for the Group's next meeting. The Sub-Group on Fresh Thinking on Market Access Regime for International Road Freight Services in the ECMT Area finalised its concept note on 5 September which will also be submitted to the Group on Road Transport for information and free discussion during their next meeting in Paris on 25-26 September. 

Go to more information on the Group on Road Transport

ITF is very pleased to welcome two new staff members:

Joanne Leung
, a principal economist at New Zealand Ministry of Transport, joins ITF on a two-month secondment. Her roles at ITF include finalising the working group report on the assessment of policies for long-term transition to sustainable transport. New Zealand holds the 2015 Presidency of the ITF.

Alain Lumbroso has joined the ITF as an economist working in the Research Centre. Alain will lead the Roundtable on Public Transport Market Orientation and Innovation and provide support to the aviation working group. Alain is on leave from the Canadian Ministry of Transport, Transport Canada, where he was the Chief of Aviation and Marine Statistics and Analysis and the Canadian delegate to the Joint OECD/ITF Transport Research Committee.



ITF in the Media
Die Welt | 29 August
Unfallzahlen auf Rekordniveau (in German)

Shanghai Shipping Exchange | 18 August
International Transport Forum demands end to transport fossil fuel use

Guardian Mobile | 12 August
Group pledges support for UN's transport policy

The Times of India | 12 August
ITF backs UN's high level advisory group on sustainable transport"
Transport for a Changing World
Annual Summit Highlights |
July 2014

The Mediterranean Port Economy: The cases of Marseille and Mersin
Discussion Paper |
August 2014

Time Efficiency at World Container Ports
Discussion Paper |
August 2014

Contemporary Airport Demand Forecasting: Choice Models and Air Transport Forecasting
Discussion Paper |
April 2014

Building Supply Chain Resilience: A Review of Challenges and Strategies
Discussion Paper |
July 2014

Évaluation des services ferroviaires urbains : Expériences à Tokyo, Japon
Roundtable Report |
January 2014 (pdf)

On Track to Clean & Green Transport
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA)
Casablanca, Morocco
22 September 2014

Walk21 2014. 15th International Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities
Sydney, Australia
18-19 September 2014

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