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Wednesday, 18 May

Bringing everyone aboard: fostering access for all

The session will focus on the ways policymakers can work across sectors to provide an accessible, efficient, clean, safe and affordable mobility system that includes all economic strata of society. Considering the world’s increasing urbanisation rate (more than 68% of the global population will be living in cities by 2050, according to UN sources), it will also explore how mobility can be planned to provide access to current and future peripheral urban settlements, as well as how walking, cycling, public transport, shared mobility and micromobility can improve accessibility in cities.

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Transport and climate change: Moving forward from COP26

Ministers' Roundtable

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Making the links: promoting supply chain access

The session will explore how well-connected and well-maintained infrastructure, inter-modality and vehicle technology can improve efficiency, reduce emissions and promote supply chain access. It will look into how aviation, maritime and long-distance road transport relate to a more centralised supply chain and 3D printing. In terms of policy, it will analyse the role of governments in developing policies to minimise cyberattack risks in the freight sector and in ensuring goods are accessible to society without disruptions.

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Transport as a catalyst for inclusive societies

Opening Plenary

The Opening Plenary will address what inclusion means beyond the transport sector. Using the wider principles of inclusion as a starting point, it will dive into the role of transport in providing equal access to social and economic activities for all, promoting equity and sustainable economic growth. It will also explore the types of policies necessary to ensure environmentally sustainable and equitable distribution of goods due to increase in e-commerce worldwide.

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Powering inclusive innovation: the role of transport

Transport Innovation Talks

The session will examine how transport innovation can help promote equity and inclusion, in urban, rural and remote communities. It will explore whether technological innovations in transport, such as AI and MaaS, consider all layers of society in their development. Additionally, issues of coded bias and the digital gap will be tackled. In this context, the session will also address how we can highlight the importance of low-tech and social innovation for a more inclusive society.

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Bringing the goods to the people: efficient and sustainable delivery in and around the city

The session will ask how transport connectivity to peri-urban and rural areas can promote more sustainable, localised production and consumption of goods. It will investigate the impacts of local production and consumption on the decarbonisation of transport. In the context of inclusion, it will focus on how the use of different modes of transport for deliveries can help increase access, safety, congestion and optimisation of urban space.

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The future of supply chains: Innovation and regulation for greener, more accessible freight transport

Ministers' Roundtable

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Presidency reception

Hosted by Morocco

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Thursday, 19 May

Access to opportunity in remote and rural areas

The aim of this session is to identify the ways policymakers across sectors can cooperate to ensure that remote and rural communities have access to economic activities, education and health, as well as to highlight the responsibilities of the transport sector. The panel will discuss what policies are needed to prioritise public transport in rural and remote communities. It will also examine how air and water transport can provide access to communities without land infrastructure.

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Closed Ministerial Session

Closed meeting of ITF member-country ministers.

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Everyone included: tackling the digital gap

The panel will consider the types of policies needed to ensure the digitalisation of transport is not leaving underserved and underbanked communities behind. It will examine how policy can promote education and development of digital skills so that all segments of society can use the latest mobility technologies. Finally, it will try to answer how technology can help people with disabilities and older people have better access to mobility systems, while also reducing the need for travel.

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Governing for inclusion: the right framework for universal access

Open Ministerial Session

The Open Ministerial will focus on the ways better regulation, improved coordination and clear roles and responsibilities among authorities at all levels of government can help promote social and economic inclusion. The speakers will debate which structures from different types of governance can help create integrated policies for more inclusive mobility.

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Better collaboration for greater inclusion

The Second Plenary will consider the ways the interface of transport policies with health, housing, education, environmental and land use policies can promote communities that are more inclusive. It will address the challenges in designing integrated mobility policies that promote inclusive economic growth, while asking if inclusive mobility can be the vector to empower communities for more cross-sectoral collaboration.

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All aboard: building a more diverse and equitable transport workforce

The panel will look into the ways to train and develop the necessary skills in the transport workforce to keep up with the new needs imposed by innovation and digitalisation. It will debate whether university curricula for transport-related disciplines are adequately up to date to train professionals with the skills required by the industry today and in the future. It will examine the policies needed to promote access to jobs for all segments of society. Finally, it will specifically interrogate how to make transport jobs attractive and accessible for women.

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An invitation to the table: listening to all for better access for all

The session will explore how to ensure representation and participation of all segments of society in mobility policy developments. It will review the most efficient methods to involve and engage diverse voices in the design of mobility innovations, making them more inclusive. The panel will discuss how to enhance collaboration and cooperation between local stakeholders, non-governmental organisations, the public and the private sector for more inclusive policies, leading to equitable economic growth.

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Meeting the road safety challenge: Halving the deaths and injuries by 2030

Ministers' Roundtable

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Gala Dinner

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Friday, 20 May

Transport technology at the service of society

The session will investigate what regulatory frameworks are necessary to ensure that algorithms do not carry coded bias and do not exclude certain segments of society. It will address how 3D printing offers an opportunity to release pressure on supply chains and freight transport, making goods more affordable to society. Similarly, it will ask if drones be a solution for the delivery of goods to communities deprived of land and water infrastructure, and the ways drones can be regulated to serve society and promote access.

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Regulating for inclusive access: lessons for transport from the pandemic

The panel will reflect on the lessons from the pandemic on the creation of cleaner, healthier and more inclusive regulatory frameworks for mobility. It will examine how national governments can promote cycling, walking and public transport use to avoid a shift back to motorised vehicles in cases where there has been a rise in greener travel during the pandemic. It will then ask how governments can create innovative financial regulations to keep passenger and freight transport that continues to serve society at critical times.

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Inclusive planning and design for healthier cities

The Third Plenary will focus on how cities and mobility systems can be designed to include all and promote healthier lifestyles and greener cities. The panel will look into the ways urban spaces, infrastructure and transport systems can be made more appealing, comfortable, inclusive, efficient, safer and more secure than private motorised vehicles. It will then reflect on the intersectoral cooperation needed to design policies for a healthier urban environment (urban planning, health, land use, housing, education, taxation).

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Bicycle tour with Mayor of Leipzig

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