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Transport Day 2013 Supporting Organizations

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Transport Day 2013 is supported by the following organizations:

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group’s mission is to help reduce poverty, improve living conditions for Africans and mobilize resources for the continent’s economic and social development. With this objective in mind, the institution aims at assisting African countries – individually and collectively - in their efforts to achieve sustainable economic development and social progress. Combating poverty is at the heart of the continent’s efforts to attain sustainable economic growth. To this end, the Bank seeks to stimulate and mobilize internal and external resources to promote investments as well as provide its regional member countries with technical and financial assistance.

BCES is one of the Nagoya University Global Center of Research Programs awarded by Ministry of Education, Science and Culture to seek for establishing a new horizontal discipline “Basic and Clinical Environmental Studies” that, like a medical doctors, can diagnose scientifically on the diseases of the nature and human society and practically prescribe and treat for recovery and precaution. Some forty professors from various fields of natural science, engineering, architecture and social sciences are promoting basic and clinical environmental studies, horizontally bridging the existing disciplines in cooperative research and education projects. The topics include economic development, urbanisation, agriculture and “future earth”, etc. Lectures are conducted also by three eminent Guest Professors Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Hans-Peter Dürr and Syukuro Manabe.

DINA, a leading industry partner based in Mexico and well known across the Latin America region, is firmly committed the environment and sustainable mobility. DINA provides transportation solutions, manufacturing public transport vehicles and trucks with state-of-the-art technology, such as low energy consumption and reduced emissions. Its business model is focused on after sales service and providing lower maintenance costs and affordable spare parts – key for developing world transport systems. DINA’s core values include adding value for customers, shareholders and partners and it is committed to enhancing the life quality for future generations and the environment through the development of Sustainable Transportation. DINA is one of today’s leaders for reliable and permanent technical solutions in sustainable mobility.


With over 70 members across nearly 40 countries, the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) unites cyclists’ associations from across the globe, giving them a voice on the international level. Our aim is to get more people cycling more often by influencing policy in favour of cycling. ECF’s members are complemented by networks Scientists for Cycling, Cities for Cycling and the ECF Cycling Industry Club. We organize the Velo-city conferences and manage the EuroVelo cycle route network.


EMBARQ catalyzes and helps implement environmentally, socially and financially sustainable urban mobility and urban planning solutions to improve people’s quality of life in cities. Founded in 2002 as a program of the World Resources Institute (WRI), EMBARQ operates through a global network of centers in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Turkey and the Andean region. The EMBARQ network collaborates with local and national authorities, businesses, academics and civil society to reduce pollution, improve public health, and create safe, accessible and attractive urban public spaces and integrated transport systems. EMBARQ has built its global recognition on its local experience, and addressing national and international policies and finance.


The FIA Foundation is an independent UK registered charity which supports an international programme of activities promoting road safety, the environment and sustainable mobility, as well as funding motor sport safety research. Our objects are to promote public safety and public health, the protection and preservation of human life and the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment through promoting research, disseminating the results of research and providing information in any matters of public interest which include road safety, automobile technology, the protection and preservation of human life and public health, transport and public mobility and the protection of the environment; and promoting improvement in the safety of motor sport, and of drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other road users.


The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH offers a wide range of services, that are based on regional and technical expertise and on tried and tested management know-how. GIZ is a German federal enterprise and offers workable, sustainable and effective solutions in political, economic and social change processes. In the transport sector, GIZ has a series of source books and other tools for decision makers available for download (Sustainable Urban Transport Project) and runs frequent trainings on all aspects of sustainable transport. Additionally the TRANSfer Project ( advices policy makers on how to develop and implement NAMAs in the transport sector. GIZ was formed on 1 January 2011. It brings together the long-standing expertise of the Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED) GmbH (German development service), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH (German technical cooperation) and InWent - Capacity Building International,


The Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport Strategic Area at the Inter-American Development Bank launched its REST Action Plan (2012-2014), to contribute in mitigating Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from the transport sector. The Action Plan provides to country member institutions, planners, and practitioners the necessary knowledge and appropriate tools to mitigate negative impacts related to economic, social, and environmental sustainability in the LAC region, while simultaneously promoting economic growth and productivity. The IDB is committed to generating knowledge products, technical guides, and regional events, all supporting sustainable transport in LAC, as well creating institutional capacity and providing technical assistance to member countries through the different lending mechanisms and technical cooperation funds.


The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) works with cities worldwide to bring about transport solutions that cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce poverty, and improve the quality of urban life. Cities throughout the world, primarily in developing countries, engage ITDP to provide technical advice on improving their transport systems. ITDP uses its know-how to influence policy and raise awareness globally of the role sustainable transport plays in tackling green house gas emissions, poverty and social inequality. This combination of pragmatic delivery with influencing policy and public attitudes defines our approach. Most recently, ITDP has been instrumental in designing and building the best bus rapid transit systems in the world.


The Smart Freight Centre is a new global NGO that supports and incentivizes the global freight sector to adopt solutions that reduce emissions intensity and improve fuel efficiency, and take these to scale through a global framework for action. At the global “pull” level SFC will work with global shippers, 3PLs, carriers and other partners to establish globally harmonized methodologies, a Smart Freight knowledge platform, and partnerships -- three priorities identified by industry. In parallel, SFC will focus on the “push” side: collaborate with industry and other stakeholders to implement high potential measures that have been proven to work elsewhere and take these to scale in globally, starting with Asia.


The Transport Research Foundation is the non-profit host of the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), based in the UK. TRL is one of the global leaders in transport research and consultancy. It offers a wide range of services and cutting-edge solutions in transport sector based on regional and technical expertise. At TRL, in-house experts in policy, economics and climate change are working with innovative policymakers and international organizations to help create a transport system fit for a post-Koyoto world. TRL is the founding member of Bridging the Gap (BtG) initiatives.


The International Union of Railways’ (UIC) mission is to promote rail transport at world level, to meet the challenges of mobility and sustainable development. Rail is uniquely positioned as the backbone of sustainable transport systems, with large parts of the network immediately compatible with low carbon energy sources. UIC has a long history of fostering technical development and driving improvements in energy efficiency. In addition, UIC promote evidence based decision making by both policy makers and the general public by pioneering the development of tools to evaluate transport CO2 emissions, and databases of the rail sectors environmental performance.


The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) is the international network for public transport undertakings and is a platform for worldwide cooperation, business development and the sharing of know-how between its 3,400 members from 92 countries. UITP is the global advocate of public transport and sustainable mobility and has been actively following the climate agenda alongside the Bridging the Gap partnership since 2003. Public transport offers low-carbon and energy-efficient mobility solutions for all, and the sector is working hard to improve its already excellent carbon performance. Doubling the market share of public transport by 2025 would mean that urban transport emissions would be in line with the objectives of the international climate negotiations despite the massive overall increase in the number of trips made in urban areas.


The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. Sustainable urban mobility is increasingly becoming an important part of the Urban Basic Services Program of UN-Habitat. The activities of UN-Habitat on sustainable urban mobility stretch from global policy advocacy and knowledge management to support for and involvement in pilot projects on sustainable urban mobility, like the GEF funded East Africa BRT program. UN-Habitat launched recently the 2013 Global Report on Human Settlements: Planning and Design of Sustainable Urban Mobility. This comprehensive report provides policy makers with recommendations on how to integrate sustainable urban mobility in urban planning. UN-Habitat proposes to take forward its work on urban mobility based on the GRHS.


Sustainability has always been considered key value of the European rail industry. One of UNIFE’s oldest committees is the Sustainable Transport Committee, which assures coherent and effective common positions of the rail industry in the environmental field (life cycle assessment, energy efficiency, etc.) in collaboration with the UNIFE Public Affairs unit. Although it already has an excellent track record in ensuring low-carbon emissions, the European rail industry is investing heavily in innovation. UNIFE members have been involved in a number of R&D projects and are now joining forces in SHIFT²RAIL, an ambitious European initiative that will significantly reduce rail’s environmental impact and increase climate change resilience through innovative rail products.


The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. The organization functions as a unique partnership to reduce poverty and supplement development. The World Bank Group developed a Transport Business Strategy entitled “Safe, Clean, and Affordable… Transport for Development”, which focuses on development impact, policies, modes of transport and regions. The strategy is a business approach driven by results inside and outside the transport sector, bearing in mind that transport is an access agenda aimed at unlocking growth and development in an inclusive fashion. 


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