Towards sustainable transport patterns: THE PEP symposium and meeting of THE PEP Steering Committee. Geneva, Switzerland, 8-10 December 2010

The Steering Committee of the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP) reviews progress made, decides on activities and adopts workplans. This year, for the first time, the meeting will be preceded by a symposium on “Green and health-friendly investment and jobs in transport” with speakers from governments, civil society and the private sector. 

The symposium will also touch climate change mitigation and protection of health from climate change, which are part of WHO’s action in relation to climate change and among the issues debated at the 16th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on climate change that is currently ongoing in Cancun, Mexico (29 November - 10 December 2010).

Engaging countries and stakeholders through four symposia

The organization of the symposium follows a Committee decision from 2009 aimed at stimulating participation and more active engagement of countries and other stakeholders on relevant issues involving the three sectors transport, health and environment.

This would be done by organizing four symposia, starting from 2010, about the four priority goals of the Amsterdam Declaration (i.e. one goal per year):

  • investment in environment- and health-friendly transport;
  • sustainable mobility and more efficient transport systems;
  • reduction of emissions of transport-related greenhouse gases, air pollutants and noise;
  • promotion of policies and actions conducive to healthy and safe modes of transport.

The outcomes of each symposium provide input for the Committee to deepen the debate and to contribute to the assessment of progress made towards attaining the Programme’s goals.