In the framework of the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the European Commission’s CIVITAS Initiative and the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) on behalf of the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) are jointly organizing the Transport Day 2018 “Urban mobility solutions to tackle climate change” that will take place on Thursday, 6 December 2018 in Katowice, Poland. The event is hosted and supported by the City of Katowice.
Transport is currently responsible for about one fifth of the global CO2 emissions and nearly a third of transport-related CO2emissions originate from urban passenger transport. Transport also contributes with at least half to the air pollution in cities, seriously affecting the health of its inhabitants. The Paris Agreement on Climate Change fully recognises the importance of non-State actors in implementing the agreement. City-level activities in the transport sector are becoming increasingly important, especially due to the multiple benefits of urban mobility action, reducing CO2 while at the same time improving air quality, tackling congestion, quality of life, traffic safety and improving public health.
The Transport Day 2018 will highlight the strong role of cities in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality by implementing measures in the transport sector. Importantly, the event will address how national governments can support the potential of cities through framing activities for successful sustainable urban mobility action (e.g. national legislation, common planning tools, empowering cities, funding to cities). Ultimately the event should lead to the improved treatment of urban mobility in the Nationally Determined Contributions being developed by States in 2019 and submitted to the UNFCCC in 2020.
A draft programme is available here: http://www.ppmc-transport.org/transportday2018
It will be constantly updated. The opening speech will be given by Ms Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport.
Please note that the event will take place-off site (at “Miejski Dom Kultury” on ul. Markiefki 44a, about 10-15 min. walk from the COP24 congress centre); no COP24 accreditation is needed to attend the event.
Please register here: https://www.polisnetwork.eu/transport-day-2018. Participation is free of charge.
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