Sustainable and healthy transport can boost economies

Date

21 Jan 2009

Sections

Climate & Environment
Health & Consumers

WHO Press Release:

Organized by World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe, in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Ministries of Transport, Environment and Health of the Netherlands, the third high-level meeting on transport, health and environment takes place in Amsterdam on 22-23 January. It reviews progress made in the implementation of the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP) since its establishment in 2002. High-level officials and representatives of governments, local authorities, NGOs and other stakeholders are gathered to shape a common vision for the future of sustainable and healthy transport in Europe, particularly in urban areas, and to adopt action points for policy-makers that help address the key challenges posed by transport, health and environment issues. Government representatives are also expected to endorse an outcome document on future activities and areas of cooperation.

Key challenges to address

·         How to manage sustainable mobility, promote clean and efficient public transport systems and encourage walking and cycling?

·         How to reduce emissions of transport-related greenhouse gases and other air pollutants as well as noise?

·         How to promote a healthier and safer environment, particularly in urban settings?

Further information is available on http://www.euro.who.int/transport and www.thepep.org