United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Thematic session 6: Sustainable transport and sustainable cities

Sat 16 Oct 2021, 7.00 am
Beijing, China (BJT: 7-8 pm CEST: 1-2 pm EDT: 7-8 am)






This session will discuss how sustainable transport can contribute to the development of sustainable cities that are accessible, healthy, and “liveable” and leave no one behind. It will explore how cities can serve as change agents, promoting sustainable and inclusive transport systems, by using public transport, non-motorized transport, new technologies (smart cities) and sustainable urban models (e.g., compact and “15-minute”-cities), while also addressing (road) safety issues and other challenges. Speakers will share practical and innovative experiences and brainstorm on how to rethink and reshape the way urban transport systems are organized for better living and sustainable development, including in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The discussion will also provide insights into trends and progress towards SDG 3.6 on road safety and SDG target 11.2 on public transport.


  • H.E. Mr. Dai Dongchang, Vice Minister of Transport, China
  • Ms. Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe


  • Mr. Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General, International Association of Public Transport (UITP)


  • Mr. Jean Todt, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety
  • Ms. Rehana Moosajee, Former Councilor, City of Johannesburg and Founder, The Barefoot Facilitator, South Africa
  • Ms. Jill Warren, CEO, European Cyclists’ Federation, Belgium  
  • Mr. Rob McInerney, CEO, International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP)
  • Mr. Zhao Zesheng, First-class Inspector, Urban Construction Department, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, China

UN agencies:

  • Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlement Programme
  • Mr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization

Other stakeholders:

  • Mr. Guo Jifu, Director, Beijing Transport Institute, China