SUMMIT UPDATE: International Transport Forum
04 June 2021
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Virtual Summit draws record participation
The ITF 2021 Summit attracted a record 1700+ attendees from 85 nations over its two-week run online. Fifty-four ministers and vice-ministers from around the globe - also the highest number ever - debated "Transport Innovation for Sustainable Development". Twenty-four international organisations also joined the more than 42 various Summit sessions and events. Registered Summit participants can access session recordings and summaries via the Summit platform. Watch recordings of publically broadcast Summit sessions
Worldwide transport activity set to double
Global transport activity will more than double by 2050, and traffic emissions will rise by 16% compared to 2015. However, transport CO2 emissions can be cut by almost 70% with the right policies, bringing the goals of the Paris Agreement within reach. ITF's flagship Transport Outlook 2021, which launched at the Summit, charts how to reshape transport for a cleaner environment and a fairer society. See all resources including the complete recordings from the Transport Outlook 2021 day
Transport ministers agree to “build back better”
Ministers of transport from ITF's 63 member countries agreed to use recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic to transform transport during the 2021 Virtual Summit, held under the Presidency of Ireland. In their Ministerial Declaration, transport leaders noted that “the recovery from this pandemic offers new opportunities to reshape transport systems and shift to more resilient, efficient, sustainable and equitable mobility”. Read the Ministerial Declaration (PDF)
Colombia joins ITF
ITF welcomes Colombia as the organisation’s 63rd member country. Ministers of transport from ITF's member states, meeting virtually at the Summit on 27 May, agreed unanimously to admit Latin America's third-most-populous nation to the organisation. Colombia is the fourth member state from Latin America. The other member countries from the region are Argentina, Chile and Mexico. Brazil is an observer country. Read the Media Release
Cutting-edge research supports the Summit
Top researchers, government representatives and city authorities joined forces to enhance the linkages between research and policy-making in the context of the ITF Summit. The Pre-Summit Research Days took a deep dive into topics including micromobility and active transport, innovative solutions for rural connectivity, stimulating the adoption of low-carbon vehicles and innovation for post-pandemic sustainable recovery. See complete recordings from the Pre-Summit Research Days
Summit sponsor Axilion's AI expertise in action
AI technology is reaping benefits for cities seeking to speed up journey times, eliminate congestion, improve road safety results and move to greener transport. Summit sponsor Axilion's Co-Founder and CEO Oran Dror joined the Summit with examples of how Israeli cities have achieved increases of 100% in public transport usage thanks to better journey times. Axilion's AI Mobility Digital Twin Platform helps cities transition to sustainable mobility systems. Learn more about Axilion
Why urbanites prefer bikes over e-scooters
Congratulations to Daniel Jan Reck, winner of the ITF 2021 Young Researcher of the Year Award! Mr Reck, a German national, wins for his study on how people choose to use shared e-scooters, bikes and e-bikes. During the Summit's closing ceremony, Secretary-General Young Tae Kim presented the Award, honouring young scientists for research that supports sound transport policy-making. Read the Media Release and the winning paper
Return to Leipzig for #ITF22!
The role of transport in creating inclusive societies is the theme of the 2022 Summit, to be held in Leipzig from 18 to 20 May next year. The Saxon city in Germany will once again host the ITF Summits in 2022 and 2023. Inclusivity is especially relevant following the pandemic's impacts, with transport crucial to enabling our communities to rebuild and thrive. A Summit session explored the 2022 topic "Transport for Inclusive Societies"; watch the session recording
Best of 2021 Summit in global media
30 May 2021
Le Maroc, premier pays arabe et africain à présider le Forum international des transports
Le Matin, Morocco
28 May 2021
A Big Climate Problem With Few Easy Solutions: Planes
New York Times, United States
28 May 2021
Il treno è sempre più verde
La Reppublica, Italy
27 May 2021
Ireland to ask UN body to investigate Belarus grounding
26 May 2021
Int’l group hopes to see greener transport systems in Asean
The Inquirer, Philippines
25 May 2021
Public transport must focus on hygiene in post-COVID-19 era: ITF
The Hindu, India
24 May 2021
Studie International Transport Forum: Mehr Verkehr, weniger CO2?
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
17 May 2021
Despite climate commitments, transport sector emissions are set to soar
Eco-Business, Singapore
17 May 2021
Der Zug ist im Inland günstiger als der Flug
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany
17 May 2021
CO2-Ausstoß steigt ohne Zusatzmaßnahmen, Austria

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