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World Sustainable Transport Day

24 November 2023 9:30 - 13:00
Palais des Nations Geneva Switzerland

This 24 November marks the inaugural celebration of World Sustainable Transport Day

Transport touches every part of our lives even when we don’t realize it.  From the trendy clothes we wear to the delicious food we savour; transport is responsible.  It brings the raw materials to factories, stocks our favourite stores, and delivers fresh farm produce to our table.  Access to jobs and commerce is also made possible through transport. There is no day when our life is not supported by transport.  So, making transport as safe, accessible, and sustainable as possible is one of the keys to a brighter and more sustainable future.


Tentative Programme (in PDF here)

09:30 – 10:00 Registration


10:00 – 10:20 Welcome Remarks

Mr. Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
Mr. Li Junhua, Under Secretary General UN DESA
Ms. Tatiana Molcean, Under Secretary General and Executive Secretary UNECE


Session 1: How transport supports our daily life

Moderator: Jerzy Kleniewski, Vice Chair, Inland Transport Committee, UNECE

10:20 – 11:00 Keynote speaker

Mr. Batyr Annayev, Deputy Director General (Deputy Minister) of the Agency for Transport and Communications under the Cabinet of Ministers, Turkmenistan

Interactive panel discussion on how transport underpins all our daily activities

Mr. J. Röthlisberger, Director, Swiss Federal Roads Office
Ms. R. Asariotis, Chief of Policy & Legislation Section, UNCTAD
Mr. S. Mahesh, Vice-Chair, UNECE Joint Meeting of the RID Committee of Experts and the Working Party on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (WP.15/AC.1)
Ms. E. de Wit, Chair, UNECE Working Party on Transport Trends and Economics (WP.5)
Mr. K. de Putter, Chair, UNECE Working Party on the Transport of Perishable Foodstuffs (WP.11)

High-level interventions from participants


11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break

Session 2: How transport makes us safe

Moderator: Régis Farret, Vice Chair, Inland Transport Committee, UNECE

11:15 – 12:00 Keynote speaker

Mr. Takashi Naono, Vice Chair, UNECE World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29)

Interactive panel discussion on actions aimed at making transport safer

Mr. J. Todt, UNSG Special Envoy on Road Safety
Mr. Y. van der Straaten, Secretary General, International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA)
Ms. S. Zammataro, Director General, International Road Federation (IRF)
Mr. N. Tran, Head of Safety and Mobility, WHO
Ms. N. Henry, Head of the UN Road Safety Fund Secretariat

High-level interventions from participants


Session 3: How transport contributes to climate change agenda

Moderator: Ms. Hannie Meesters, Chair, Inland Transport Committee, UNECE

12:00 – 12:40 Keynote speaker

Mr. Umberto de Pretto, Secretary General, International Road Transport Union (IRU)

Interactive panel discussion on greening transport for a climate friendly future

Mr. F. Davenne, Director General, International Union of Railways (UIC)
Mr. M. Mezghani, Secretary General, International Association of Public Transport (UITP)
Ms. J. Warren, CEO, European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF)
Ms. B. Filipović Đušić, Chair, Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP)
Ms. J. Elsinger, Chair, UNECE Working Party on Intermodal Transport and Logistics (WP.24)

High-level interventions from participants


12:40 – 12:50 Promoting knowledge of sustainable transport solutions:

LearnITC - the UN eLearning Platform on Sustainable Inland Transport and Trade Connectivity


12:50 – 13:00 Closing remarks