Fourth High-level Meeting on Transport, Health and Environment (4HLM)

14–16 April, Paris, France

The Fourth High-level Meeting on Transport, Health and Environment (4HLM) will bring together European ministers of transport, health and environment to agree on common action for healthy and sustainable mobility. The Meeting is hosted by the Government of France, under the auspices of the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme.

The slogan developed for the Meeting, “City in motion: people first!”, underlines the importance of placing citizens at the centre of decisions on transport and mobility. Emphasis is placed on people-centred policies, making safe, healthy and green transport choices accessible and affordable to all. Taking stock of the benefits of physical activity for health and well-being, the Meeting calls on national governments, municipal authorities and city planners to develop safe and healthy infrastructure for walking and cycling as viable means of urban mobility.

Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP)

Run jointly by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva and WHO/Europe in Copenhagen, THE PEP is a unique policy platform that seeks to encourage transport policy-makers and urban planners to consider the health and environmental impacts of transport and address these through shared policy approaches.

Adoption of a Paris Declaration expected

The 4HLM is expected to adopt a Paris Declaration, which brings forward the four priority goals from the 2009 Amsterdam Declaration, including:

  • to contribute to sustainable economic development and stimulate job creation through investment in environment- and health-friendly transport;
  • to manage sustainable mobility and promote a more efficient transport system;
  • to reduce emissions of transport-related greenhouse gases, air pollutants and noise; and
  • to promote policies and actions conducive to healthy and safe modes of transport.

It will add a new fifth goal: 

  • to integrate transport, health and environmental objectives into urban and spatial planning policies.

At the Meeting, four new publications will be launched addressing transport, health and environment issues in Europe.

Highlights of the three days

Day one, Monday 14 April, is a general segment arranged in conjunction with the Transport Research Arena. It will feature a strategic seminar with the International Transport Forum and THE PEP, linking science, research and policy and entitled “The dynamic nexus of transport, health and environment”.

The second day, Tuesday 15 April, is a ministerial high-level segment, which will feature two high-level roundtables, the launch of four new publications and the adoption of the Paris Declaration: City in Motion: People First!

The final day, Wednesday 16 April, is a bureau segment, which will feature a meeting of the extended Bureau of THE PEP to carve out its workplan for 2014–2020 and a session inviting THE PEP to the Transport Research Arena.