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Thematic session 4: Sustainable transport and green development: climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience

Sat 16 Oct 2021, 5.00 am
Beijing, China (BJT: 5-6 pm CEST: 11-12 pm EDT: 5-6 am)

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Background

Livestream:

https://media.un.org/en/asset/k1c/k1c0mtwll2

The transport sector is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change, and to air and noise pollution; transport infrastructures are also vulnerable the impacts of climate change related extreme weather events. Against this backdrop, Session 4 will focus on the huge potential for mobilizing the transport sector for climate action. Discussions will focus on how environmental externalities in the transport sector can be minimized to help achieve the SDGs and global climate commitments and advance green development. Discussions will also consider measures for climate change adaptation, mitigation, and resilience-building across all modes of transport. Positive examples of how the transport sector has contributed to climate action will be shared with consideration for how such initiatives might be scaled up. 

Co-Chairs:

  • H.E. Mr. Zhao Chongjiu, Vice Minister of Transport, China
  • Mr. Selwin Hart, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Action and Assistant Secretary-General for the Climate Action Team

Moderator:

  • Ms. Maruxa Cardama, Secretary-General, SLOCAT

Panelists:

  • Mr. Oliver Lah, Head of Research Unit, Mobility and International Cooperation, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
  • Mr. Drew Kodjak, Executive Director, International Council of Clean Transportation
  • Mr. Peter Nuttall, Scientific and Technical Advisor, Micronesian Center for Sustainable Transport, University of the South Pacific
  • Ms. Hannah E. Murdock, Project Manager and Analyst, REN21
  • Mr. Sun Zhen, Deputy Director-General, Department of climate change, Ministry of Ecology and Environment, China

UN agencies:

  • Mr. Juan Carlos Salazar, Secretary General, International Civil Aviation Organization
  • Mr. Daniele Violetti, Senior Director for Programmes Coordination, UNFCCC
  • Ms. Jane Akumu, Programme Manager, Mobility Unit, United Nations Environment Programme

Other stakeholders:

  • Mr. Fu Gangfeng, Director of the Board and President, Cosco Shipping

 

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