Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Transport ministers from around the world meet in Germany to discuss how to green transport in times of crisis

Ministers from the 66 member countries of the International Transport Forum (ITF) gather in Leipzig, Germany, for their Annual Summit from 22-24 May under the Presidency of Lithuania.
The theme of the three-day Summit is “Greening Transport: Keeping Focus in Times of Crisis”.

  • What is transport’s role in environmental sustainability? And what are the impacts of climate, health and geopolitical crises on the sector?
  • How can decision makers maintain a long-term policy focus amid these crises, leveraging opportunities to promote a greener and more resilient transport sector?

More than 70 sessions and side events will explore various aspects of the theme of greening transport: from inclusion and accessibility to cleaner and automated vehicles and digital innovation.
Ministerial-level delegations from over 40 countries, together with representatives from international organisations, corporations and non-governmental organisations, will attend the event.
In a world facing fragmentation, the ITF’s highest decision-making body, the Council of Ministers of Transport, will consider new membership requests. Ministers will also meet on four significant issues: support for Ukraine, climate change, inclusive transport and strengthening supply chains.

Three sessions presented by the ITF at the Summit highlight practical steps countries can take to improve transport outcomes:

1. Uncovering the global trade in used vehicles. A recent ITF report compiles data on global flows of used-vehicle exports. In this session, the ITF will launch a Used Vehicle Dashboard, which allows you to explore statistics and compare data on the international import and export of used passenger cars. Learn more at the Open Stage Café session on Thursday, 23 May at 14:00 CEST.

2. Are e-scooters getting safer? Following the Summit Opening Press Conference, this briefing provides new data on the safety of e-scooters and other “micromobility” devices, along with recommendations for operators and authorities. Find out more at the press conference in the Summit Media Centre on Wednesday, 22 May at 10.15 CEST.

3. Demonstration of the Safe System tool. The Safe System approach to road safety aims to save lives and prevent serious injuries by tackling all aspects of road use and design in concert. This event will feature a demonstration of the ITF’s web-based Safe System tool for countries, cities, companies or projects working to improve road safety. For more information, attend the press conference in the Summit Media Centre on Thursday, 23 May at 14.15 CEST.
Summit media resources:
Twitter: @ITF_Forum, #ITF24

Media contact:
Ronan Mac Erlaine
Digital Communications Manager
International Transport Forum at the OECD
T + 33 1 73 31 25 40

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