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Sustainable Transport Side Events at COP 19

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During the COP, there are always several side events on a range of topics. Below are the sustainable transport focused side events for this year. Click here to download the flyer of sustainable transport focused side events.  For detailed information on each event, please click on the title and you will be forwarded to the event page.

Workshop on pre-2020 ambition: urbanization and the role of governments in facilitating climate action in cities

Thursday, November 14th, 2013 @16:00-19:00, Plennary 2

16:20-17:30

Panel 1: Sustainable transport policies and their climate change benefits

- Keynote presentation by Mr. Cornie Huizenga, Co-Convener, Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT)

- Panel Discussion:

  • Mr. Juan Camilo Florentino, Environmental Affairs Advisor, Urban Sustainable Mobility Unit, Ministry of Transport, Colombia.
  • Professor Jiang Kejun, Director of Energy Research Institute, National Development Reform Council, China
  • Mr. Michal Olszewski, Deputy Mayor, Warsaw
  • Ms. Christine Ogut, Planning Manager, Kenya Urban Roads Authority

- Questions and answers

- General discussion 

Organized by:United Nations Climate Change Secretariat

- Diagnosis and Policy Implications of Transport for Future Earth

Friday, November 15th, 2013 @ 13:00-16:00

This event demonstrates how to design long-term measures to develop low-carbon transport systems in developing, emerging and developed countries in a back-casting manner, for decoupling economic growth with CO2 emission increase.

Please see the leaflet for WCTRS Recommendations to COP 19.

Organized by: WCTRS (World Conference on Transport research Society) and NU-BCES (Nagoya University Global COE Programme – Basic and Clinical Environmental Studies), Supported by Global Environmental Research Fund (S6-5), Ministry of Environment, Japan

- Towards Roadmaps for MRV of Transport NAMAs: International Expert Workshop

Friday, November 15th, 2013 @ 08:30 - 21:00, Hyatt Regency Warsaw Hotel

The international expert workshop on MRV of Transport NAMAs is a pre-event to Transport Day 2013 and it is the kick-off for the MRV-specific work under TRANSfer and is intended to develop a core group of MRV experts associated with the TRANSfer project. At the same time, the workshop is part of a wider series of events and seminars of the TRANSfer project on different topics (e.g. Financing NAMAs, regional dialogues, etc.) to foster transport Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs).

Please note that the workshop is by-invitation only.

Organized by: TRANSfer Project,GIZ

-Diagnosis and Policy Implications of Transport for Future Earth

Friday, November 15th, 2013 @ 13:00 - 16:00-Hyatt Regency Warsaw

Transport sector is one of the most dominant emitters of CO2, similar to industrial and domestic sectors. Massive CO2 emissions from transport definitely a big cause of extreme whether. It is at the same time one of the biggest serious victims of CO2. We need therefore to diagnose the currently changing causes for transport to influence on climate changes such as economic and income growth, creating passenger travel demand and freight, emerging LCC airlines and the supporting infrastructure, and to prescribe the transport relevant policies and to discuss their implications for low carbon society.

This event demonstrates how to design long-term measures to develop low-carbon transport systems in developing, emerging and developed countries in a back-casting manner, for decoupling economic growth with CO2 emission increase.

Organized by: WCTRS (World Conference on Transport research Society) and NU-BCES (Nagoya University Global COE Programme – Basic and Clinical Environmental Studies), Supported by Global Environmental Research Fund (S6-5), Ministry of Environment, Japan

-The Climate Ride: Cycling for the Future

Saturday, November 16th, 2013 @11:30 -12:30-Starting Point: Plac Bankowy

Join the City of Warsaw, the city’s cycling community and delegates at the COP 19 Climate Summit for “The Climate Ride” on Saturday November 16th in Warsaw. 

  • To highlight the positive steps taken by the City of Warsaw to integrate cycling into its sustainable mobility planning.
  • To support Transport Day at COP on November 17th.
  • To enjoy the City of Warsaw by bicycle, sharing a break from conference proceedings and celebrating the role of the bicycle in sustainable mobility.
  • Networking between supporters of sustainable transport at the local and global level.

The ride at Plac Bankowy at 11:30 where guests can collect free bicycles from Veturilo, the popular city bike sharing scheme of the city.

We will ride through Slasko-Dabrowski Bridge, Jagiellonska and Zamoyskiego streets and will end next to the COP venue Stadion Narodowy (Warsaw National Stadium) at 12:15 where there will be a short press conference.

Organised by: the City of Warsaw, supported by SLOCAT and the European Cyclists’ Federation.

-Sustainable transport systems - solutions to the challenge of climate change mitigation & adaptation

Saturday, November 16th 2013 @ 11:30 - 13:00 -Room 2

Railways are the backbone of sustainable transport systems. This event will present case studies and examples to illustrate how investment in rail can provide solutions to the challenges of climate change mitigation and adaptation. 

Organized by:  International Union of Railways (UIC) and EMBARQ México 

Speakers:

  • Willy Bontinck, Belgian Railways & UIC Sustainability Chairman 
  • Szymon Grabowski, Director of Infrastructure, Polish Intercity 
  • Ewa Makosz, Director of Environment Protection, Polish Railways 
  • Luis Munozcano, General Director for Climate Change, Ministry of Environment Mexico

- Potential of Low-Carbon Transport to Deliver Equitable Sustainable Development Benefits

Saturday, November 16th 2013 @ 18:30 - 20:00 -Room 2

Top experts will report on progress evaluating sustainable transport impacts on sustainable development considering economic development, health, and the environment. Key policy-makers will discuss the relevance of findings for post-2020 carbon mitigation and global sustainable development goals. 

Sustainable transport systems - solutions to the challenge of climate change mitigation & adaptation 
Railways are the backbone of sustainable transport systems. This event will present case studies and examples to illustrate how investment in rail can provide solutions to the challenges of climate change mitigation and adaptation. 

Organized by: Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) and Transport Research Foundation (TRF)

Speakers:

  • Michael Replogle, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
  • Jean-François Gagné, International Energy Agency
  • Lew Fulton, University of California, Davis
  • Aimee Aguilar Jaber, International Transport Forum/OECD
  • Cristiano Facanha, International Council on Clean Transportation
  • Rodolfo Lacy Tamayo, Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (invited) 
  • Nikhil Seth, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
  • Rafael Acevedo, InterAmerican Development Bank

Monday, November 18th 2013 @ 09:00-12:00

A Technical Working Group Meeting in support of the Secretary General's Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport will be held at Hyatt Regency Warsaw Hotel in Warsaw, Poland.

The meeting will provide an update on the convening of stakeholders on sustainable transport as announced by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in the Action Agenda for his second term. Further details will be made available shortly.

The meeting is primarily intended for the TWG members but interested observers can request an invitation.  Please click here for the draft meeting agenda. For more information please contact Thomas Hamlin at hamlin@un.org and Cornie Huizenga cornie.huizenga@slocatpartnership.org.

Implementation of Sustainable Urban Mobility systems - UN-HABITAT perspective and challenges of transferability of lessons learned

Monday, November 18th 2013 @ 14:00-17:00, Warsaw University of Technology, (PolitechnikaWarszawska), Faculty of Civil Engineering Building, Al. ArmiiLudowej 16

The organizers of this workshop are using the opportunity created by the presence in Warsaw of participants of the COP19 Conference *to disseminate information and facilitate discussion, about approaches to urban transport policies being promoted by international organisations and by the leading think tanks in this field. The speakers will concentrate on the idea of sustainable urban mobility, with particular emphasis on challenges of the implementation of innovative approaches, and on the transferability of lessons learned. Discussions will also be based on the recently released Global Report on Human Settlements. The event will serve to take forward the EU supported “SOLUTIONS” initiative, that looks at innovations in urban transport and their transferability in different country contexts.     

Registration by e-mail: zik@il.pw.edu.pl (phone: +48 22 8253727) with the following data: name, organisation, function, address, e-mail address.

Organized by: United Nations Human Settlement Program (UN-HABITAT), Warsaw University of Technology

Tuesday, November 19th 2013 @ 18:30 - 20:00

This side-event, organized by the Friends of Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform (Costa Rica, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development, will focus on the opportunities that fossil-fuel subsidy reform holds for reducing CO2 emissions, and in particular the role of the UNFCCC in supporting that process. The event will also offer an opportunity to discuss how to maximize emission reductions from fossil-fuel subsidy reform, while at the same time protecting vulnerable households from the impact of higher energy prices.

Sustainable transport systems - solutions to the challenge of climate change mitigation & adaptation 
Railways are the backbone of sustainable transport systems. This event will present case studies and examples to illustrate how investment in rail can provide solutions to the challenges of climate change mitigation and adaptation. 

Speakers:  Panelists will include Ministers from member countries of the Friends of Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform group and other key countries. Additional speakers from international organizations such as the IEA, World Bank and IISD, as well as a high-level private sector representative and engaging moderator.

Organized by: International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and Friends of Fossil-Fuel Subsidy

 

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