23/02/2012 - UPDATE
This is our last news update on the upcoming event and we start the countdown: just 6 more days before the kick-off!
You are kindly invited to join the UNECE kick-off event on ITS for sustainable mobility, on 28 February 2012 from 15h00 to 18h00, Room XII at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
We believe that there is the need to accelerate improvements in the use of ITS as much as linking it to the bigger policy agenda on pollution, poverty and urbanization. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon just put sustainable mobility high on the UN agenda and outlined the importance of transport for sustainable development in his five-year action agenda, that calls to "...convene aviation, maritime, ferry, rail, road and urban public transport providers, along with Governments and investors, to develop and take action on recommendations for more sustainable transport systems that can address rising congestion and pollution worldwide, particularly in urban areas".
The meeting will be conducted in English, French and Russian with simultaneous translation.
16/02/2012 - UPDATE
This is the second news update in 2012 regarding the UN kick-off event on ITS for sustainable mobility, which will take place in less than 2 weeks.
We are pleased to announce we will welcome Mr. Sergey Aristov, Secretary of State and Deputy Transport Minister of the Russian Federation and Mr. Fotis Karamitsos, Acting Deputy Director General of DG MOVE from the European Commission to speak at the event.
01/02/2012 - UPDATE
This is the first news update in 2012 regarding the UN kick-off event on ITS for sustainable mobility, which will take place in 28 days from now on.
We are happy to inform you that we could win Mr. Nico Anten, Managing Director of Connekt - ITS Netherlands, to speak at our event, and he would like to share this with you:
"Mobility is the driving force for our economy. However, at the same time, it is a threat to our well-being. Due to the increasing volume of passenger and freight transport, the Netherlands is in danger of permanent traffic congestion and an overload of the public transport system. In addition to investing heavily in state-of-the-art infrastructure, the Netherlands is also focusing on managing traffic flows by influencing consumers’ attitudes and behavior. Furthermore, there is a growing emphasis on sustainability issues. The Netherlands is thus taking on the challenge of ensuring that mobility and logistics are smart and sustainable, and making better use of the current infrastructure. ITS is a key enabler in addressing this challenge."
20/12/2011 - UPDATE
This is the third news update regarding the UN kick-off event on ITS for sustainable mobility which will take place in 9 weeks from now on.
Today, Mr. Richard Harris, International Director of ITS UK, would like to share his thoughts with you. We are happy to have him on board for the event:
"Access to transport and mobility services directly impacts on society. ITS makes our transport systems safer, more efficient, greener, more accessible and aids economy performance. ITS is enabled by technology but is not about technology, it is about supporting policy objectives and business outcomes. We have many good examples of how ITS provides benefits but there is much more that needs to be done to promote and explain its true potential. I welcome the growing involvement and commitment of UNECE to increasing understanding of ITS and to help capitalize on the potential that ITS can unlock."
This is the second news update regarding the UN kick-off event on ITS for sustainable mobility which will take place in 10 weeks from now on.
Today, Dr. Paul Vorster, CEO of ITS South Africa would like to share his thoughts with you. We are proud that we could win him to speak at the event:
"As a fairly new ITS market South Africa has the benefit of leapfrogging to newer and more efficient ITS systems because we are not tied down with numerous legacy systems that demand continued support to older technologies, says Dr Paul Vorster, CEO of ITS South Africa. Transport related challenges include reducing congestion, promoting public transport, reducing road fatalities and minimising the carbon footprint of the transport sector, and ITS is a key tool in achieving this. The collective challenge is to integrate ITS better into mainstream transport policy, planning and operations to achieve the goal of smart mobility for all."
It is with great pleasure that we want to inform you, that Mr. Vladimir Kryuchkov, CEO ITS Russia, just confirmed his participation as speaker and he would like to share this with you:
"We live in an information society with the racing speed of life. We want to live comfortably, safe, in the harmony with other people and nature. We like modern technologies, if they make our life and the life of our families better. The United Nations kick-off event on ITS for sustainable mobility gives a unique opportunity to share vision for smart cities, smart roads and smart cars with smart people from different parts of the world. ITS opens the way for people and goods to move faster from one place to another, from country to country, from continent to continent to enjoy life, full of innovations, new knowledge and new experience."
United Nations kick-off actions promoting Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) for sustainable mobility
28 February 2012
You are invited to join the United Nations kick-off debate on ITS for sustainable mobility, on 28 February 2012 from 15h00 to 18h00 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
High-level speakers, governments, experts and academia from all the around the world will come together to put ITS on the policy makers agenda and to contribute to the policy-segment and launch of the UNECE strategy package on ITS that is expected to mark a milestone for future United Nations activities on ITS. The strategy package contains three different publications dealing with a general overview on ITS, a strategic note looking at the gaps and impediments to the use of ITS and the UNECE Road Map on ITS identifying 20 global actions to be performed by UNECE until 2020.
Be there and be part of the global kick-off that will focus around the Rio+20 goals, road safety, regional integration and leapfrogging development as well as possible ITS values for a better society. One action of the "UNECE Road Map on ITS" is that UNECE will host yearly Round tables on ITS where we aim to unbundle all the different issues and dig deeper into the matter.
We believe that there is the need to accelerate improvements in the use of ITS as much as linking it to the bigger policy agenda where, e.g. pollution, poverty and urbanization are involved and to develop policy indicators.
Intelligent Transport Systems play an important role in shaping the future ways of mobility and the transport sector. We expect that through the use of ITS applications transport will become more efficient, safer and greener. The huge potentials and benefits however can only be reaped if ITS solutions are put in place – internationally harmonized as much as possible.
Our research has shown that ITS are under-utilized and already today we witness the development of different standards around the world and its regions as well as the appearance of diverse liability problems.
The core objective of the UNECE strategy on ITS is to lobby for new actions and policies where ITS improve the quality of life and make sustainable mobility available across borders.
Given the importance of the debate at the ITS policy segment your personal participation would be most appreciated. I believe that the kick-off event will offer a unique opportunity to meet politicians, government officials, private sector and academia representatives.
The meeting will be conducted in English, French and Russian with simultaneous translation.
Should you require more information, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Anastasia Barinova (tel: +41 22 917 2761; e-mail: anastasia.barinova(at)unece.org) or Ms. Dörte Schramm (tel: +41 22 917 3410; e-mail: doerte.schramm(at)unece.org).
See you in Geneva.
Note: the policy segment on ITS is held in the framework of the 74th annual session of the UNECE Inland Transport Committee (ITC) from 28 February – 1 March 2012.
The agenda of the 74th ITC session will include many other topics both for decision making and for stock-taking, among them are the UNECE Plan to implement the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, the development of efficient, safe and secure Pan-European (TEM TER) and Euro-Asian transport networks (EATL), sustainable road, rail, inland water and intermodal transport and logistics including climate change adaptation, transport and competitiveness, CO2 reduction in inland transport, harmonization of vehicle regulations, border crossing facilitation, the implementation and modernization of the TIR Convention, transport of dangerous goods, assistance to countries in transition etc. In addition, the future priorities for the transport work of UNECE will be at the heart of the discussion. For more information, please visit our dedicated page.
More information on ITS: see ITS Theme page