Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

ITF Day @ OECD 2022


09:00-09:30 | Welcome coffee 


09:30-10:00 | Opening remarks

The international community has set ambitious targets in many policy areas, including the climate and road safety. How can the OECD help policymakers ensure these targets are achieved?  How do we make sure nobody is left behind? What are the priorities of the two Secretaries-General to make this happen?

  • Young Tae Kim, ITF Secretary-General
  • Mathias Cormann, OECD Secretary-General

Moderator: Michael Kloth, ITF


10:00-11:30 | Safe roads: Are zero fatalities possible?

Every year, 1.3 million people are killed in road crashes and tens of millions are injured. Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death for children and young adults. Road crashes cost countries about 2% of GDP annually. Road Safety is now included in the UN Sustainable Development Goals which aim to halve the number of road deaths by 2030. Strong and effective action will be needed to meet these targets. One of the essential tools is the adoption of a “Safe System” approach to road safety, long championed by the ITF, and the establishment of road safety as a shared responsibility of a wide range of government ministries, industry bodies and civil society groups.

Opening remarks

  • Jean Todt, UN Special Envoy for Road Safety (video message)

Presentations and panel discussion

  • Road safety challenges.
    Veronique Feypell, ITF
  • What is the Safe System approach?
    Henk Stipdonk, Director, Dutch Institute for Transport Policy Analysis (KiM)
  • Road safety, inclusiveness and gender equity perspectives
    Rita Cuypers, FIA Foundation
  • Financing safety investments.
    James Bradford, Global Policy Director, International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP)

Moderator: Stephen Perkins, ITF


11:30-11:45 | Coffee break 


11:45-13:15 | En route to COP27: Decarbonising Transport

The transport sector directly accounts for a quarter of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Emissions from vehicle manufacture and infrastructure construction further add to this. Transport still depends on oil for 92 percent of its energy use which makes it especially challenging to decarbonise. The policy actions and plans for transport adopted at COP26 are insufficient to meet the agreed international CO2 reduction targets.  This session will highlight the decarbonisation challenges facing the transport sector, including the need for major emissions reductions in the heavy vehicles, maritime and aviation sectors. It will showcase the work the ITF and OECD are undertaking to help countries meet their climate ambitions in this key area for climate policy.


  • ITF work to address the transport decarbonisation challenge
    Elisabeth Windisch, ITF
  • The OECD International Programme For Action on Climate
    Rodrigo Pizarro, Environment Directorate, OECD
  • A systems approach to decarbonising transport
    Walid Oueslati, Environment Directorate, Environment, Transitions and Resilience Division, OECD

 Panel discussion

  • Ambassador Adriana Mejía Hernandez, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the OECD
  • Ambassador Michaela Spaeth, Permanent Representative of Germany to the OECD
  • Ambassador Natacha Alexander, Permanent Representative of the UK to the OECD, COP 26 Presidency
  • Walid Oueslati, Environment Directorate, Environment, Transitions and Resilience Division, OECD

Moderator: Jari Kauppila, ITF


 13:15-15:00 | Lunch break


15:00-16:00 |  Mind the (gender) gap! What lessons from mainstreaming gender for transport policy?

Gender is increasingly recognised as an important dimension in analysing policy impacts. Addressing the specific needs and concerns of women in the analysis and design of policy yields benefits not only for women, but for many other groups in society. The OECD applies gender analysis in a wide range of contexts The ITF is heavily engaged in mainstreaming the use of gender analysis in transport policy and transport issues more broadly. working with partners in governments, international organisations, academia and the private sector to improve gender equality for women as transport users and in the transport workforce. 


  • Willem Adema, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD (moderator)

 A conversation with...

  • Ambassador Madeleine Chenette, Permanent Representative of Canada to the OECD
  • Young Tae Kim, Secretary-General, ITF

Panel Discussion

  • Scherie Nicol, Public Management and Budgeting Division, Directorate for Public Governance, OECD
  • Magdalena Olczak-Rancitelli, ITF
  • Per-Anders Widell, Energy Technology Policy Division, IEA 


16:00-17:15 | How transport enables inclusive societies 

How can transport policies and systems contribute to making societies more inclusive and equitable? This question was the theme of the ITF’s 2022 Summit, attended by ministers with responsibility for transport, business leaders, international organisations and researchers. This session will revisit the Summit’s main takeaways and discuss linkages between transport-related initiatives for better inclusion and the OECD’s broader work in promoting inclusive growth.


  • Mary Crass, ITF (moderator)

Presentation and panel discussion

  • Ambassador Lina Viltrakiene, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the OECD, ITF Presidency 2023/24
  • Ambassador Francisco Javier Saffie Gatica, Permanent Representative of Chile to the OECD, ITF Presidency 2024/25
  • Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the OECD, ITF Presidency 2023 (TBC)
  • Romina Boarini, Director, OECD Centre on Well-being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity 


17:15-17:30 | Wrap-up

  • Young Tae Kim, ITF Secretary-General  


17:30-19:00 | Networking cocktail

(Conference Centre Atrium, at foot of the escalators)

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