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Shifting Gear: Accelerating Active Mobility for Future Generations
17 November 2022 – 09:30 – 11:00 Egypt time, UTC+2
The Government of Netherlands, World Resources Institute, Transportation Decarbonisation Alliance, European Cyclists’ Federation, Walk21 and the Dutch Cycling Embassy cordially invite you to attend the COP27 side event ‘Shifting Gear: Accelerating Active Mobility for Future Generations’.
This event will emphasize active mobility as an essential factor in the system approach to sustainable mobility. The session will be closed with the launch of a Call for Action to support Active Mobility Capacity Building.
Active mobility networks are increasingly recognized as sustainable, equitable and healthy solutions for climate impact. They provide lowest emissions and most affordable, cost-efficient accessible modes of transport. Several initiatives have emerged in the past few years to fill the investment gaps in walking and cycling. Most of these initiatives have been focused on the developing world through national and local government investments. Yet the interest in sustainable transport options is growing worldwide, especially in the developing world where these modes are already substantial.
Two panels will highlight the importance of leveraging international financing for active mobility and focus on steps needed, to help accelerating implementation of active mobility infrastructure and policies beyond the creation of financing initiatives.
The session will conclude in a call to action to build capacity for active mobility.
09:30 – Opening statements
Mr Lucas Harms, CEO, Dutch Cycling Embassy (moderator)
Ms Vivianne Heijnen, Minister for the Environment of the Netherlands
Mr Felipe Ramirez, Urban Mobility Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
09:50 – Panel 1: Accelerating implementation of active mobility infrastructure and policies
Ms Sharon Dijksma, Mayor of Utrecht and Climate Envoy ICLEI
Mr Manuel de Araujo, Mayor of Quelimane
Ms Bronwen Thornton, CEO, Walk21
10:20 – Panel 2: Leveraging international financing for active mobility
Mr Nicolas Peltier, Director for Transport, World Bank Global
Mr Niklas Hagelberg, UNEP, Global Coordinator Climate Change
Ms Jill Warren, CEO, ECF
10:50 – Transport Decarbonisation Alliance
Launch call to action to support active mobility capacity-building
11:00 End of session