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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Thematic session 5: Policies for sustainable transport

Sat 16 Oct 2021, 6.00 am
Beijing, China (BJT: 6-7 pm CEST: 12-1 pm EDT: 6-7 am)





This session will explore the importance of different national, multilateral, and global policies and agreements to support sustainable transport. It will also consider related issues linked to planning, regulatory frameworks, and institutions; data; capacity-building; financing; and recycling challenges (e.g., used vehicle trade). The development of a sustainable transport system will require strong enabling policies, innovative technologies, supportive institutions, and a collaborative multi-stakeholder strategy. Governments can encourage more sustainable transport choices and discourage unsustainable options by adopting and enforcing legislation and regulations and developing sustainable transport strategies. The development of new technologies and the application of science for sustainable transport may require an incentive structure to ensure the availability of adequate human, financial, and institutional resources. Efforts must be made to engage and generate support from different groups of stakeholders through involving them in the decision-making process to ensure economic, social and political sustainability. The session will aim to identify suitable solutions and highlight best practice examples in sustainable transport.


  • H.E. Mr. Feng Zhenglin, Administrator of Civil Aviation Administration of China
  • Mr. Liu Zhenmin, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs


  • Mr. Young Tae Kim, Secretary-General, International Transport Forum


  • Mr. Kris Peeters, Vice President, European Investment Bank
  • Ms. Sophie Punte, Managing Director of Policy, We Mean Business
  • Ms. Heather Thompson, CEO, Institute of Transportation and Development Policy
  • Mr. Stephen Cotton, General Secretary, International Transport Workers' Federation
  • Mr. Fu Zhihuan, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering

UN agencies:

  • Mr. Tareq Emtairah, Director, Energy Department, United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Other stakeholders:

  • Mr. Alan McKinnon, Professor of Logistics, Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg
  • Mr. Shi Baolin, President of China Academy of Transportation Sciences