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Transport and urban development

 

Improved knowledge of the UNECE member States on integrated transport and urban development including environmental, health and quality of life perspective funded by Russian Federation 

There are major existing gaps in knowledge on the development of integrated transport and urban planning undermine the developmental efforts of many UNECE member States and cities to achieve sustainable transport and make progress on transport-linked environment and health objectives. At its fifteenth session, THE PEP Steering Committee (Geneva, 6-8 November 2017) discussed a proposal for a manual on current practices and solutions in the field of sustainable transport and urban planning, to be launched and potentially adopted at the Fifth High-level Meeting in Vienna in autumn 2019. At the same time, THE PEP secretariat presented a proposal for a publication on case studies and good practices on integrating transport and land-use planning in cities. The Steering Committee welcomed both proposals and decided to combine them in one. Furthermore, it mandated the Bureau to take a final decision on the scope of the study and publication. This proposed project integrates the two proposals in line with the decision of THE PEP Steering Committee, and presents the target audience, goals, deliverables and proposed approach to implementation. It also includes a preliminary list of contents for an outcome publication. The project will develop review on current practices and solutions in the field of sustainable transport and urban planning. These would be complemented by a collection of case studies of integrated transport and urban planning from across the pan-European region.

 

More specifically, the project aims at:

  • supporting the development of integrated transport and urban development and land use policies  that take into account environmental and health issues and quality of life;
  • raising awareness among policy-makers at national level of the relevance and benefits of promoting national policies that support local action towards integrated transport and urban planning, and providing them with inspiring examples of practices;
  • raising awareness internationally of the importance of linking sustainable transport policies into urban planning as a means to achieve multiple targets of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

To collect relevant information in a coordinated way, a questionnaire is available in English, French and Russian. Replies to the questionnaire are welcomed from relevant authorities including Ministries (transport, infrastructure, health, environment, urban development) and central and local government authorities, universities as well as mayors of larger cities or governors of regions. Besides the replies to the questionnaire, any additional information on good practices or case studies in sustainable urban transport (including related to environment, spatial planning, health and quality of life) are welcomed as well. Replies to the questionnaire and/or any additional materials or contributions to be included into the handbook should ideally be submitted no later than 16 December 2018. The publication will be launched at THE PEP High-Level Meeting in Vienna in autumn 2019. For any questions, please contact roel.janssens@un.org