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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Thematic session 2: Sustainable transport and regional development

Fri 15 Oct 2021, 6.00 am
Beijing, China (BJT: 6-7 pm CEST: 12-1 pm EDT: 6-7 am)





This session will discuss sustainable transport in the context of regional development and identify related solutions and recommendations as well as feature success stories. It will take stock on main elements of successful (multi-modal) transport systems and services supporting regional development. It will include reflections on better aligning funds and capacity-building support from UN Regional Commissions and MDBs with the achievement of the SDGs and climate action. The discussion will be focused on prioritizing key areas and measures for sustainable transport in supporting regional development in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and other economic and climate shocks.


  • H.E. Mr. Wang Yang, Vice Minister of Transport, China
  • Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, USG and Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific


  • Mr. Umberto de Pretto, Secretary-General, International Road Transport Union


  • Mr. François Davenne, Director General, International Union of Railways
  • Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, Polis
  • Ms. Julie Kitcher, Executive Vice President, Communications and Corporate Affairs, Airbus
  • Mr. Claude Van Rooten, President, World Road Association (PIARC)
  • Ms. Wang Wei, Director, Institute for Market Economy, Development Research Center of the State Council, China

UN agencies:

  • Ms. Isabelle Durant, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
  • Mr. Yarob Badr, Regional Advisor on Transport, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

Other stakeholders:

  • Mr. Yang Zhongmin, Executive Director, China Railway Economic and Planning Research Institute