United NationsDepartamento de Asuntos Económicos y Sociales Desarrollo Sostenible

Sustainable Transport and COVID-19: Response and Recovery DAY 1

Wed 24 Jun 2020, 8.30 am


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The two-part webinar held on 24 June and 1 July 2020 aimed to display current thinking on recent developments linked to COVID-19 and sustainable transport and outline options for the way forward. Brief presentations by invited experts from different fields were followed by interventions from selected participants an interactive discussions.

This first part of the two-part webinar focused on country experiences and policy measures to address COVID-19 impacts on sustainable transport. The event also covered the impact of COVID-19 on people and planet through the transport lens and reviewed implications for response and recovery. Please see agenda of the meeting below.


Scene Setting
Mr. Alexander Trepelkov, Officer-in-Charge, Division for Sustainable Development Goals, UNDESA

Welcome Remarks
Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, UNDESA

Panel 1: Country Experiences and Policy Measures to address COVID-19 impacts on sustainable transport

  • Mr. Li Yang, Director-General for International Cooperation, Ministry of Transport, China
  • Mr. Daniel Bongardt, Programme Director Transport and Climate Change, GIZ

Feedback from lead discussants


  • Mr. Konstantinos Alexopoulos, Chief, Transport Facilitation and Economics Section, UNECE

Panel 2: Impact of COVID-19 on people and planet through the transport lens: implications for response and recovery


  • Mr. Young Tae Kim, Secretary-General, International Transport Forum at the OECD
  • Ms. Maruxa Cardama, Secretary General, Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT)

Feedback from lead discussants

  • Ms. Jane Akumu, Programme Officer, UNEP
  • Ms. Alejandra Cruz Ross, Transport Officer, ILO

Interactive discussion

Ms. Lotta Tahtinen, Chief, Outreach and Partnerships Branch, Division for Sustainable Development Goals, UNDESA

Please click here for Part 2 of the webinar.


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