Transport Day Quito



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October 19: 09.00 AM – 18.00 PM

Venue: Centro de Convenciones Eugenio Espejo, Quito, Ecuador.

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  • Ensure that the action orientation of the NUA is being emphasized and that the scaled-up implementation of mobility- and transport-related recommendations of the NUA is actively promoted;
  • Increased resolve and commitment towards transformational change in urban transport is built that links transport action in the NUA, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) transport and the Paris Agreement on Climate;
  • Bridges are built between key decision makers on transport and other parts of the development community, for whom transport is of importance;
  • Agreement is developed on an effective review mechanism for mobility- and transport-related recommendations in the NUA.

(Note: All session participants are listed in alphabetical order)

Pre-Transport Day Event

07.45- 08.45: Transformative Technologies Towards People-Oriented Urban Transport – A discussion of cities and transit companies

Moderator:Arturo Ardila, Urban Mobility Lead, Transport and ICT Global Practice, World Bank

  • Eugenio Prieto Soto, Director of the Area Metropolitana del Valle de Aburra, Colombia.
  • Yondela Silimela, Director of Planning City of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Mauricio Anderson Salazar, CEO Metro Quito, Ecuador

Transport Day Quito by PPMC

09:00-09:30  Opening: Summary of Transport and Mobility in the NUA and Statement of Objectives for Transport Day (Room GS2)

  • Eduardo del Pozo, Deputy Mayor, Quito Municipality
  • Maryse Gautier, Auditor GeneralMinistry Of Housing And Sustainable Habitat of France,Co-Chair Habitat III
  • Amy Kenyon, Program Officer, Equitable Development, Ford Foundation & Co-Chair SLoCaT Partnership
  • Sandra Conde, Director of Sector Analysis and Programming, CAF-Development Bank of Latin America

09:30-10:30 Plenary 1: Sustainable Urban Transport and its Contribution towards Promoting Equitable and Inclusive Urban Development (Room GS2)

Equity is key to achieving sustainable development and inclusive transport is one of the major challenges for decision makers. This session will not only highlight the urgency of actions but also present the value added of inclusive planning and implementation through a variety of approaches including recognising the needs of women and children.   

Moderator: Sheila Watson, Deputy Director (Environment and Research), FIA Foundation

  • Andrés Gómez-Lobo, Minister of Transportation and Communications, Chile
  • Michelle Yeoh, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador
  • Eduardo Vasconcellos, Advisor, CAF-Development Bank of Latin America
  • Katia Araujo, Director of Programs, Huairou Commission
  • Jean Todt, Special Envoy for Road Safety, President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA)

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-11:30 Pecha Kucha-Part 1 (brief presentations on new urban mobility ) (Room GS2)

  • Bronwen Thornten, Development Director, Walk21 – International Charter for Walking
  • Galo Cárdenas, MovilidadEC
  • Marcio Deslandes, Velo-city Series & Global Policies  Director, European Cyclists’ Federation– Cycling in the NUA
  • Natalie Draisin, US Manager, FIA Foundation, Global Initiative for Child Health & Mobility
  • Manju George, Senior Program Manager, Livable City Program, ESAF India, The Patter of Tiny Feet: ESAF’s Experience
  • Emelie Kärre,  Programme manager Sustainable Cities, WWF Sweden, Earth Hour City Challenge Mobility programme
  • Florian Lorenz, International Coordinator, Low Carbon City Forum – Low Carbon City Declaration
  • Juan Carlos Muñoz, Director of the Bus Rapid Transit Centre of Excellence, Mobilize 2017 in Santiago next June

11:30-12:30 Plenary 2: The need for transformative action on transport and climate change and air quality – decarbonization of urban transport and breathable cities (Room GS2)

The transport sector should actively support efforts to address climate change, which can be supported by the development of a transformative macro road map to decarbonize the transport sector, putting us on track for a ‘zero net emission’ economy early in the second part of the century, and helping to secure a ‘well below 2°C’ landing by century’s end.  This plenary will show that transformational change on climate change in the transport sector is most likely to be driven by sustainable development benefits (e.g. improved urban air quality); thus, achieving more breathable cities at a local and municipal scale can help to achieve carbon emission reductions on a global scale.

Moderator: Mark Major – Senior Advisor, Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT)

  • Ronan Dantec, President, Association Climate Chance
  • Franklin Hoyer,Regional Director of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for the South America Office
  • Alvaro Randazzo, President Urban Advisor, FINDETER
  • Paz Valiente,Director-General of Sustainability and Environmental Control, Environment and Mobility Department, Madrid City Council
  • Holger Dalkmann, Director, Strategy And Global Policy, EMBARQ, Co-Chair SLoCaT Partnership

12:30-13:45 Lunch (Chapel)

13:45-14:45 Breakout Sessions: Part 1 

1.1 Women & children first!: Towards an inclusive agenda for sustainable urban mobility (Room GS4b)

Sustainable and equitable urban mobility is only achievable if our transport and planning systems are shaped to be accessible, safe and inviting for women and children. Bringing together speakers from CAF, FIA Foundation, Women’s Environment and Development Organization and others, this session will focus on building the evidence and alliances for practical policy delivery in the New Urban Agenda and the SDGs.

Moderator: Saul Billingsley, Executive Director, FIA Foundation

  • Eleanor Blomstrom, Co-Director / Head of Office Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO)
  • Heather Allen, Independent Consultant on Gender and Sustainable Transport
  • Daniela Chacón, Councilor, City of Quito
  • Lake Sagaris, Researcher and Associate Professor, Transport and Logistics Engineering, Pontificia Catholic University of Chile

1.2 Transit Oriented Development – a key strategy to accelerate action on policy and investments to avoid locking in unsustainable transport patterns (Auditorium)

This panel will discuss the importance of coordination and integration to achieve TOD.  In the public sector, this includes both vertical consistency between levels of government as well as horizontal integration across sectors. In the private sector, it means aligning the interests of real estate, transport, and construction with those of investors and capital providers. Both private and public sector interests must then align with citizen and consumer needs and desires, within relevant markets and administrative institutions.  The challenges and experiences of various approaches to solving this puzzle will be shared by speakers from different geographies and levels of government, including from capital providers.

Moderator: Robin King, World Resources Institute

  • Laura Ballesteros, Director for Mobility, Mexico City
  • Max Jensen, Head of Public Transport, European Investment Bank
  • Madhav Pai, Director India, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
  • Herman Pienaar, Director, City Transformation and Spatial Planning at City of Johannesburg
  • Xiaomei Tan, Transport and Urban Development Specialist, Global Environment Facility

1.3 Sustainable Urban Mobility in Latin America and the Caribbean (Spanish Language session) (Room GS2)

The session will present a current update on sustainable mobility policies and projects in the Latin America region, focusing on transit-oriented development, mass transit, cycling and walking and travel demand management. It will also focus on describing how these can support the New Urban Agenda with regional initiatives. Experts in the session come from private, public and non-profit sectors as well as multi-lateral organizations. 

ModeratorJoseluis Samaniego, Director Sustainable Development and Human Settlements, CEPAL

  • Marcelo Cabrera, Mayor, Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Leonardo Castro, Secretary of Development and Secretary of Urban Planning, Belo Horizonte
  • Clarisse Cunha Linke, Country Director, ITDP Brazil
  • Daniel Páez, Professor/Researcher, Universidad de los Andes – Ruedalab
  • Rafael Lemos, CEO, Doppelmayr Brazil

14:45-15:45 Breakout Sessions: Part 2

2.1 Tracking the implementation of transport components of the New Urban Agenda (Auditorium)

This session will focus on potential strategies for tracking the transport-specific components of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in the context of complementary global processes.  The session will present current and proposed tracking frameworks at global and regional scales, along with efforts to measure progress toward broader development objectives such as increased road safety and improved urban access. UN Habitat will play a central role in facilitating implementation of the NUA, which also requires broad follow-up by UN agencies and other stakeholders. A partnership between SLoCaT and UN Habitat to implement and review transport-related provisions of the NUA is under development; thus the session will also explore avenues for coordinating and fund-raising to support the proposed review mechanism.

Time/location: Wednesday October 19th14:45-15:45 (Auditorium, Centro de Convenciones Eugenio Espejo)

Introduction (2-3 min)

Karl Peet (SLoCaT, moderator) will set the stage with general background on tracking progress on sustainable transport in global (and regional) processes, and how monitoring transport-related provisions of the New Urban Agenda can help to leverage similar efforts in other processes.

Summary presentation (8-10 min)

Andre Dzikus (UN-Habitat) and Cornie Huizenga (SLoCaT) will discuss a planned partnership between SLoCaT and UN Habitat to support implementation and review of transport related provisions of the NUA.  This partnership will send a strong message to the global community on the readiness of the transport sector and UN Habitat to tackle the implementation of transport in the NUA.

Panelist Presentations (30-35 min total) (7 panelists x 4-5 min max, 2 slides max):

Each panelist will give a brief presentation on current efforts to track sustainable transport in global and regional processes, from their organizational viewpoints.

  • Juan Pablo Bocarejo, Transport Secretary, Bogotá
  • Chris Dekki, Policy Analysis & Communcations OfficerCommunitas Coalition
  • Arturo Ardila Gomez,Urban Mobility Lead, Transport and ICT Global PracticeWorld Bank
  • Clayton Lane, Executive Director, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
  • Alexandre Santacreu, Road Safety Analyst, International Transport Forum, OECD
  • Chikako Takase, Director, United Nations Centre for Regional Development
  • Annegret Zimmermann, Consultant for Responsible TourismBrot für die Welt

2.2  Providing equitable mobility for Africa’s urban future (Room GS4b)

Africa is urbanizing at an unprecedented rate. By 2030, the UN estimates that nearly 100 cities in Africa will have a population of more than a million residents. A new approach for managing urban growth is urgently needed. African cities are beginning to address these challenges, yet responses have remained piecemeal, and infrastructure investments continue to support car-centric development that only reinforces growing inequities. The panel discussion will explore critical questions for Africa’s urban future on the issues of a compact city vision for African cities, developing new sources of financing for sustainable transport and urban infrastructure, land-use management mechanisms for African cities and role of international development institutions.

Moderator: Christopher Kost, Africa Program Director, ITDP

  • Bernard Abeiku Arthur, Senior Urban Specialist, UNOPS Cities Alliance
  • Andriannah Mbandi, Researcher, Stockholm Environment Institute
  • Stefan Atchia,Transport Policy Specialist, African Development Bank

2.3 New urban mobility services and collaborative (shared) transport economy (Spanish Language session) (Room GS2)

In the last decade, shared mobility services such as bike-share, car-share and ride-share have taken off in Latin American and around the world as a complement to local public transit and an alternative to car ownership. As these models have developed, many have explored how these services can more directly benefit low-income individuals, who often face longer and more costly travel times; however, current usage of these services among low-income communities remains lower than usage by the general population.  This session will thus explore the potential of shared mobility to increase transport equity among a broader range of income groups.

Moderator: Nicolás Estupiñán, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America

  • Aimée Aguilar Jaber, Economist, International Transport Forum, OECD
  • Gonzalo Araujo Muñoz, Public Policy Manager, Andean Region, Uber
  • Bernardo Baranda, Director, Latin American Region, ITDP
  • Carlosfelipe Pardo, Executive Director, Despacio
  • Toni Lindau, Director, WRI Brazil

15:45-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-16:15 Reporting Back from Breakout Sessions (Room GS2)

16:15-16:30 Pecha Kucha-Part 2

  • Claire Bernard, Michelin
  • Carlosfelipe Pardo, Executive Director, Despacio – Road safety in the NUA
  • Florinda Boschetti, Project ManagerPolis Network, Urban transport, health and physical activity
  • Armin Wagner, Team leader, Sustainable Mobility, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Mael Martinie, MobiliseYourCity Coordinator, CODATU, MobiliseYourCity: supporting cities towards sustainable urban mobility planning

16:30-18:00 Plenary 3: Launch of the Quito Action Plan on Sustainable Urban Mobility and Post Quito follow-up by sustainable transport community to NUA (Room GS2)

Post-Quito follow-up will be an important dimension of discussions on transport and mobility during Habitat III, and the launch of the Quito Action Plan on Sustainable Urban Mobility (QAPSUM) will help to focus the ongoing efforts of the global sustainable transport community.  QAPSUM components are to include the contribution of urban-relevant voluntary commitments on sustainable transport under the Rio+20 process and transport initiatives under the Global Climate Action Agenda This plenary will describe links between these voluntary commitments and the Quito Implementation Plan (a register of new and existing commitments established by the Habitat III Secretariat), and will show the potential for QAPSUM to incorporate substantive new transport initiatives to be announced in Quito.

Moderator: Cornie Huizenga, Secretary General, Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT)

  • Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-Habitat (TBC)
  • Tyrrell Duncan, Technical Advisor on Transport, Asian Development Bank, Chair of the MDB Working Group on Sustainable Transport
  • Fernando de Mello Franco, Secretary of Urban Planning of the City of São Paulo
  • Shin-pei Tsay, Executive Director, Gehl Institute
  • Jorge Kogan, Transport Senior Advisor, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America
  • Marcio Lacerda, Mayor, Belo Horizonte
  • Tania Roediger-Vorwerk, Deputy Director General, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Gino van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
  • The Honourable Arq. Bony Morales Villegas,Vice Minister of Housing and Urbanism La Paz, Bolivia

18:00-20:00 Cocktail Reception (Chapel)

Diversity Profile

The organizers of Transport Day Habitat III – Quito are committed to ensure diversity in the event reflecting a balance in gender, regional representation and stakeholders among speakers and panelists.