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ITC High-level Policy Segment on "Environmental challenges to sustainable inland transport"

25 February 2020

Draft Programme

The 2020 plenary session of the Inland Transport Committee took place on 25 February, with a high-level policy segment on “Environmental challenges to sustainable inland transport”.

Five years after the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations General Assembly, climate change and environmental challenges remain a global challenge whose negative impacts — from compromised infrastructures, to undermined access and connectivity, to road safety and beyond — can be felt in every region in the world.

At the same time, inland transport contributes to, and is disrupted by, climate change caused in part by the sector’s significant carbon footprint. The process of making transport more environmentally friendly and energy efficient, therefore, can lead to significant reductions on the sector’s carbon emissions, thereby mitigating the more pernicious effects of climate change and reducing the likelihood of climate change-related transport disruptions.

The Inland Transport Committee is uniquely situated to contribute to solutions as the UN Platform for Inland Transport and through its regulatory functions. Solutions proposed at the conference stand to result in real, tangible outcomes.

The high-level policy segment was enriched by side events and demonstrations of new technologies related to greening the sector.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020


ITC Chair
Mr. Kristof Schockaert, Chair, Inland Transport Committee
Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary, UNECE
Yuwei Li, Director, Sustainable Transport Division, UNECE
Jean Todt, United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety
High Level Policy segment

Session I: Climate change: The role of sustainable inland transport in emissions reduction and adaptation


Moderator: Mr. Matthew Baldwin, Dep. Director General, Directorate-General Mobility & Transport, EU Commission
H.E. Abdalla Mohamed Obaid Balhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development, United Arab Emirates
H.E. Mr. Joel Biggie Matiza, Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Zimbabwe
H.E. Mr. Emil Kaikiev, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Eurasian Economic Commission
Mr. Young Tae Kim, Secretary-General, International Transport Forum (ITF)
Mr. Umberto De Pretto, Secretary General, International Road Transport Union (IRU)
  Scheduled high-level contributions:
  Mr. Klaus Bonhoff, Director General, Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Germany
Mr. Dmytro Abramovych, First Deputy Minister, Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Ukraine
  Mr. Jan Hoffmann, Chief, Trade Logistics Branch, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD (PDF)

Coffee break


Session II: What role for transport innovations in addressing effectively environmental and climate challenges?


Moderator: Mr. Ralf Schultze, President, UIRR
H.E. Mr. Elhadji Omar Youm, Ministre des Infrastructures des Transports terrestre et du désenclavement du Sénégal
Mr. Kees van der Burg, Vice-Minister for Mobility and Transport, The Netherlands
Mr. Dmitry Zverev, State Secretary - Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation
Mr. François Davenne, Director-General, International Union of Railways (UIC)
Mr. Bill Halkias, President, International Road Federation (IRF)
Mr. Bruno Jean-Paul Georges, Secretary General, CCNR
  Scheduled high-level contributions:
  H.E. Mr. Atageldi Haljanov, Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the UN Office at Geneva
  Mr. Chaesub Lee, Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU

Demonstration of cutting-edge emissions testing technologies both in laboratory and real-world conditions by DEKRA (Door 36 - Opening by UNECE Executive Secretary)


ITC Delegates Lunch/Cocktail courtesy of the Federal Office of Transport of Switzerland (Bar Serpent, Palais des Nations)


Session III: International cooperation for climate and environment solutions and the role of the ITC as the United Nations Platform for Inland Transport


  Moderator: Mr. Kristof Schockaert, Chair, Inland Transport Committee
H.E. Mr. Bounchanh Sinthavong, Minister of Public Works and Transport of Lao PDR
H.E. Mr. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Minister of Transport of Ghana
Mr. Gerhard Müller, President, International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA)
Ms. Maruxa Cardama, Secretary-General, SLoCaT
Mr. Gavin Dunnett, Head of Mobility, European Investment Bank
Mr. André Rijnders, Chair, UNECE Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE)
  Scheduled high-level contributions:
  Mr. Michael Christides, Secretary General, BSEC
  Mr. Ralf Ernst, Head, Environmental Activities, OSCE (PDF)

Closing remarks & endorsement of ITC Declaration: “Enhancing sustainable inland transport solutions to global climate and environmental challenges– a united call to action”


Side Event - Road Safety Post-Stockholm: the next decade [Salle XXIV – change of venue]
ITC Restricted Session* [Salle XIX – *for Government Representatives only]


Evening Cocktail/Reception (by invitation only), courtesy of CITA