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Transport Day 2014
“Transport Tackles Climate Change @ COP 20”

7 December 2014 | Lima, Peru

Participants at Transport Day 2014 gather for a group photo
Transport Day 2014

Transport Day 2014 took place on 7 December 2014, alongside the twentieth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 20), in Lima, Peru. Approximately 200 participants convened at the Sheraton Lima Hotel and Convention Center to focus on the theme “Transport Tackles Climate Change.” This was the second Transport Day event jointly organized by the SLoCaT Partnership and the Bridging the Gap initiative.

In opening the event, Cornie Huizenga, Secretary General, Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), invited participants to consider “whether the glass is half full or half empty” with regard to the attention to transport in the development of climate change policy. An opening panel discussed the transport-related messages from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), UNFCCC, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process and the 2014 Climate Summit, and their relevance for national and local policymaking on transport and climate issues. The morning concluded with four breakout sessions, focused on: mitigation potential of transport; Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and measurement, reporting and verification (MRV); financing; and adaptation.

During the afternoon, participants discussed the transport-related commitments from the 2014 Climate Summit and their relevance for the UNFCCC process. Transport Day 2014 concluded with a focus on how to move the transport sector forward in the lead up to the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference, and participants were challenged to engage as partners for the next 365 days to bridge efforts to address transport and climate change. More »

Speakers at the opening the second Transport Day event, which was jointly organized by the SLoCaT Partnership and the Bridging the Gap initiative (L-R): Cornie Huizenga, Secretary General, Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT); Jose Gallardo Ku, Minister of Transport of Peru; Heather Allen, Program Director Sustainable Transport, Transport Research Laboratory (Spokesperson Bridging the Gap Initiative); and Antonio Juan Sosa, Corporate Vice President, Infrastructure, CAF.
Cornie Huizenga, SLoCaT, moderating a session on the topic “From Lima to Paris,” with panelists (L-R): Tomas Anker Christensen, Senior Advisor for Partnerships, Office of the Assistant Secretary General for Strategic Planning, UN; Laura Merrill, Senior Researcher, Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD); and Yann Françoise, Head of Climate and Energy Strategies, Parks and Environment Directorate, Urban Ecology Agency, City of Paris.
Panelists for a session on the transport initiatives announced during the 2014 Climate Summit (L-R): Mohammad Reza Salamat, Senior Sustainable Development Officer, Small Island Developing States, Oceans and Climate, and Sustainable Development Division, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA); Giles Dickson, Vice President, Global Public Affairs, Alstom, and representing UNIFE – The European Rail Industry; Pradeep Monga, Director General on Energy, UN Industrial and Development Organization (UNIDO); Lake Sagaris, Adjunct Associate Professor, Pontifyca Catholic University of Chile, Board Member World Cycling Alliance; and M. Bueno, on behalf of Luis Tagle Pizarro, Director General Policy and Regulation in Housing and Urban Development Housing, Construction and Sanitation, Republic of Peru.
A participant asks the panelists a question during the discussion period.
Participants exchanged information about their organizations’ work.
Participants at Transport Day 2014 were encouraged to write a commitment to take action to bridge climate change and transport policy on the road to the Paris Climate Change Conference.

Funding for coverage of this event has been provided by the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT)

Related Links
SLoCaT Resources

*Transport Day 2014 website *Transport Day 2014 Draft Programme
*Transport Day 2014 Concept Note *Transport and Climate Change Reports @ COP 20

IISD RS Resources

*IISD RS coverage of Transport Day 2013, 17 November 2013, Warsaw, Poland

*IISD RS coverage of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference - November 2013, 11-22 November 2013, Warsaw, Poland

*IISD RS coverage of the Seventh Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Forum in Asia and Global Consultation on Sustainable Transport in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, 23-25 April 2013, Bali, Indonesia

*IISD RS coverage of the Doha Climate Change Conference - November 2012, 26 November - 8 December 2012, Doha, Qatar

*IISD RS coverage of the Durban Climate Change Conference - November 2011, 28 November - 11 December 2011, Durban, South Africa

*CLIMATE-L - A Mailing List for News on Climate Change Policy

*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy

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