14th Session of the Transport, Health and Environment Pan–European Programme (THE PEP)

7 – 9 November, Geneva, Switzerland

THE PEP secretariat (the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and WHO/Europe), Member States and stakeholders will meet to discuss progress on transport and health goals in the European Region. They will share best practices and provide suggestions on how to implement the Paris declaration, provide new tools for implementation and monitor the process.

Main objectives

  • Discuss progress on Goal 1 of the Amsterdam Declaration: “to contribute to sustainable economic development and stimulate job creation through investment in environment- and health-friendly transport” and progress made in the framework of the four implementation mechanisms of the Paris Declaration:
    • national transport, health and environment action plans;
    • THE PEP relay race;
    • THE PEP Partnerships; and
    • THE PEP Academy.
  • Prepare for the Fifth high-level meeting on transport, health and environment ;
  • Provide concrete suggestions on ways to assist Member States in developing national transport, health and environment action plans and to build the capacity of countries integrating transport, health and environment policies.

Background

Travel and transport are essential parts of modern life. We depend on transport to travel to work, for shopping and leisure, by car, by bus, by train, by walking and cycling. Human powered mobility can also contribute to our health and well-being through physical activity.

But transport also has harmful effects on the environment and on our health – through congestion, accidents, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

More than ever, we need to be aware of the crucial connection between transport, health and the environment.  

THE PEP goal to create healthy and sustainable transport systems  is among the priority themes at the upcoming Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health. These efforts are also in line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.