CONFERENCE

 

The 5th High-level Ministerial Meeting of the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP) was held in the form of a virtual event from 17 to 18 May, 2021.

As preceding side events to the conference, a series of thematic webinars was offered from 10 to 12 May. In addition, a virtual exhibition was on display.

PROGRAMME:

The conference started on Monday morning, 17 May 2021, with a special session of THE PEP Steering Committee.

In the afternoon, the high-level meeting was officially opened. The opening was followed by the first two Ministerial Sessions. Following another two Ministerial Sessions on Tuesday, the conference ended on 18 May with the adoption and virtual signing ceremony of the Vienna Ministerial Declaration and the first Pan-European Master Plan for Cycling Promotion.

The 24 preceding webinars were held Monday thru Wednesday, 10-12 May.

In parallel, a permanent virtual exhibition as well as networking opportunities with exhibitors and other participants of the conference were available throughout the entire conference week.

More about the webinars.

 

SCHEDULE:

#TimeEvent/TopicPanelStatements
110:00 - 13:00Session of THE PEP Steering Committee
210:00 - 13:00Virtual Exhibition:
Parallel networking opportunity and exhibitions by different partners
315:00 - 15:45Official Opening & Welcome StatementsMr Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal President of Austria
Mr Robert Thaler, Chair of THE PEP Steering Committee
Ms Leonore Gewessler, Federal Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Austria
Mr Wolfgang Mückstein, Federal Minister for Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, Austria
Ms Olga Algayerova, UNECE Executive Secretary
Mr Hans Henry P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe
415:45 - 17:00Ministerial Session 1:
Building forward better – Reshaping cities and regions, mobility and transport for recovering after the pandemics
Ms Maria Neira (Keynote), WHO Director of Environment, Climate Change and Health
Ms Adina Vălean, European Commissioner for Transport
Mr Tālis Linkaits, Minister of Transport of Latvia
Mr Naser Nuredini, Minister of Environment and Physical Planning of the Republic of North Macedonia
Mr Jan Sechter, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Czech Republic
Ms Rachel Maclean, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Transport, United Kingdom
Ms Teresa Ribera, Vice President and Minister of Environment, Spain
Ms Agnė Vaiciukevičiūtė, Vice-Minister of Transport and Communications of Lithuania
Mr Adrian George Foghiş, Secretary of State for Transport and Infrastructure, Romania
Mr William Todts, Executive Director of Transport & Environment (T&E)
Mr Zafar Makhmudov, Director of the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC)
Ms Sonja Kundert Wälchli, Pro Senectute Switzerland
517:00 - 18:00Ministerial Session 2:
Climate neutrality – the challenge for green, safe and healthy mobility
Mr Hans Bruyninckx (Keynote), Executive Director of European Environment Agency
Ms Zakia Khattabi, Minister for Climate, Environment, Sustainable Development and Green Deal of Belgium
Mr Levan Davitashvili, Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia
Mr Eduardo Rodrigues e Pinheiro, Secretary of State for Mobility, Portugal
Mr Dirk Messner, President of the German Environment Agency
Mr Gery Balmer, Vice Director, Federal Office of Transport (FOT), Switzerland
Mr Pere Calvet Tordera, UITP President
Mr Skrekas Kostas, Minister of Environment and Energy of Greece
Mr Enrico Giovannini, Minister for sustainable mobility and infrastructures of Italy
Ms Carole Dieschbourg, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development of Luxembourg
Mr Jan Budaj, Minister of the Environment, the Slovak Republic
Mr Vladyslav Kryklii, Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine
Ms Valentina Ţapeş, State Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment of the Republic of Moldova
Mr Jonathan Moore, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs of the United States of America
Ms Bronwen Thornton, CEO Walk21, SLOCAT Partnership
Mr François Davenne, Secretary General of the International Union of Railways (UIC)
Ms Malak Shukurova, Executive Director of the Regional Environmental Center for Caucasus
Mr Matej Zakonjšek, Director of the Transport Community

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110:00 - 11:15Ministerial Session 3:
Presentation of the Vienna Declaration and its Annexes, in particular the first ever pan-European Master Plan on Cycling Promotion
Mr Robert Thaler (Keynote), Chair of THE PEP Steering Committee
Ms Leonore Gewessler, Federal Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology of Austria
Mr Georges Gilkinet, Vice Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Belgium and Minister for Mobility
Ms Stientje van Veldhoven, Minister for the Environment of the Netherlands
Mr Vasily Desyatkov, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation
Mr Ivan Karic, State Secretary, Ministry of Environmental Protection of Serbia
Mr Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure of Germany
Mr Arūnas Dulkys, Minister of Health of Lithuania
Ms Carolina Darias, Minister of Health of Spain
Mr Murat Kurum, Minister of Environment and Urbanization of Turkey
Mr Tomislav Mihotić, State Secretary, Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of Croatia
Ms Saidmurodzoda Shoista, Deputy minister of transport of Tajikistan
Mr Roland Charrière, Deputy Director of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) of Switzerland
Mr Manuel Marsilio, General Manager of the Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry (CONEBI)
Mr Henk Swarttouw, President of the European Cyclists Federation (ECF)
211:15 - 12:30Ministerial Session 4:
Investing in clean, active, safe and healthy mobility – benefits, for citizens, cities and recovery of economy
Ms Lucy Saunders (Keynote), Director of "Healthy Streets"
Mr François Bausch, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mobility and Public Works of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg
Ms Gila Gamliel, Minister of Environmental Protection of Israel
Mr Blaž Košorok, State Secretary, Sustainable Mobility of Slovenia
Mr Ray O’Leary, Assistant Secretary General in the Department of Transport, Ireland
Mr Matthew Baldwin, DG MOVE Deputy Director General
Mr Benny Engelbrecht, Minister of Transport of Denmark
Mr Ian Borg, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects of Malta
Ms Stientje van Veldhoven, Minister for the Environment of the Netherlands
Mr Venko Filipče, Minister of Health of North Macedonia
Mr Tomislav Momirović, Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure of Serbia
Mr Andrej Dolezal, Minister of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic
Ms María José Rallo del Olmo, State Secretary General for Transport and Mobility of Spain
Mr Burkhard Stork, Director of Zweirad-Industrie-Verband e.V.
312:30 - 12:45Presentation of a Youth Position Paper
as the outcome of the Youth Forums
Ms Miriam Egger, UN Youth Delegate of the Austrian National Youth Council
Mr Ivo Wakounig, Fridays for Future
412:45 - 13:15Adoption and Virtual Signing of the Vienna Declaration including the first Pan-European Master Plan on Cycling Promotion
513:30 - 14:00Press Briefing on the Vienna DeclarationMs Leonore Gewessler, Federal Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology of Austria
Mr Wolfgang Mückstein, Federal Minister for Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, Austria
Ms Olga Algayerova, UNECE Executive Secretary
Mr Hans Henry P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe
-10:00 - 17:00Virtual Exhibition:
Parallel networking opportunity and exhibitions by different partners

SIDE EVENTS:

In the week before the high-level conference, participating countries and organisations offered self-organised side events in the form of webinars or online discussion groups on various topics in the fields of transport, health and environment.

A large part of the side events were held in English with simultaneous interpretation in German, French and Russian. English-language recordings of the webinars are publicly available.

 

 

For more information about the side events, please contact:

klimaaktiv@brainbows.com

#TimeTopicOrganiser(s)RecordingsFurther Information
109:00 - 10:15Child and youth friendly green mobility; Give youth a voice! (Part 1)BMK (Federal Ministry Republic of Austria, Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology), EEHYC (European Environment and Health Youth Coalition), AJOMED (Portuguese Young Doctors’ Association), BMSGPK (Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection)VideoEvent website
210:30 - 11:45
(parallel)
Child and youth friendly green mobility; Give youth a voice! (Part 2)BMK (Federal Ministry Republic of Austria, Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology), EEHYC (European Environment and Health Youth Coalition), AJOMED (Portuguese Young Doctors’ Association), BMSGPK (Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection)VideoEvent website
310:30 - 11:45
(parallel)
International Online Game of Goals Championship on Sustainable TransportGreen Mobility International Partnership Initiative, Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, Scientific and Research Institute of Motor Transport, International Center for Social and Economic Research Leontief CentreVideoProject website
412:30 - 13:45
(parallel)
Transport, Health and Environment: The Gender PerspectiveUNECEVideoEvent info
512:30 - 13:45
(parallel)
Reallocating space towards permanent infrastructure for active travelPOLIS NETWORK, Transport Decarbonisation AllianceVideo
614:00 - 15:15National Masterplan Walking - corner stone for promotion of active mobilityBMK (Federal Ministry Republic of Austria, Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology), Environment Agency AustriaVideoEvent website
715:30 - 16:45Walking and Cycling: improving lives, transforming citiesSLOCAT (Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport), Walk21, UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme)Video
817:00 - 18:15The Health Economic Assessment Tool for walking and cyclingWHO Regional Office for Europe, European Centre for Environment and HealthVideo

#TimeTopicOrganiser(s)RecordingsFurther Information
909:00 - 10:15National Cycle Plans/StrategiesBMK (Federal Ministry Republic of Austria, Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology), ECF France VideoEvent website
1010:30 - 11:45
(parallel)
Collaboration towards seamless and safe cycling in the pan-European region – the role of the pan-European cycling networkUNECE, ECF, CONEBI-WBIAVideoEvent info
1110:30 - 11:45
(parallel)
My gym is my commute! How to motivate people for healthy means of transportCIPRA International, aks Gesundheit GmbH VorarlbergVideoProject website
1212:30 - 13:45
(parallel)
Transforming transport for health and climate protectionSLOCAT (Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport), Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, European Public Health Alliance, Wellcome Trust, WHO, Health and Climate NetworkVideoEvent website
1312:30 - 13:45
(parallel)
Presentation of the Franco-Russian cooperation: an academic partnership Goal VUniversity of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ) & Moscow Automobile and Road Construction University (MADI)- Scientific and Research Institute of Motor Transport (NIIAT)Video
1414:00 - 15:15Cycling Safety Expertise in European Countries and CitiesEuropean Cyclists' FederationVideo
1515:30 - 16:45Mobility Management and EPOMM – a long runner also in times of MaaSBMK (Federal Ministry Republic of Austria, Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology), EPOMM, klimaaktiv mobilVideoEvent website
1617:00 - 18:15DÉFI VÉLO: promotion du vélo chez les jeunes à l’aide d’une action innovante dans les écoles (BIKE CHALLENGE: promoting cycling among young people through an
innovative action in schools)
DÉFI VÉLOVideo (FR)www.defi-velo.ch

#TimeTopicOrganiser(s)RecordingsFurther Information
1709:00 - 10:15Round table: How healthy and environmentally friendly is our transport and mobility today?The Netherlands institute for health and environment (RIVM), The Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water ManagementVideo
1810:30 - 11:45
(parallel)
Recommendations on Green and Healthy Sustainable TransportUNECEVideoEvent info
1910:30 - 11:45
(parallel)
A smart transport mode: How to include walking as an obvious choice?Fussverkehr Schweiz / Pedestrian Mobility Switzerland (PMS), International Federation of Pedestrians (IFP)VideoEvent website
2012:30 - 13:45
(parallel)
How Tax Cuts + Purchase Premiums Can Boost CyclingEuropean Cyclists’ Federation, Cycling Industries EuropeVideo
2112:30 - 13:45
(parallel)
Speed management as the cornerstone of safe urban mobility: towards 30km/hr default limitsWHO(not available)External Event via Zoom
2214:00 - 15:1520 years of European Mobility Week -- cities and towns show how it's done!BMK (Federal Ministry Republic of Austria, Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology), German Environment Agency, DG MOVE, EUROCITIES, SpainVideoEvent website
2315:30 - 16:45Promoting Eco-driving and E-Mobility for drivers and in driving schoolsBMK (Federal Ministry Republic of Austria, Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology), klimaaktiv mobil EcoDriving Austria, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Association of Driving Schools and General TrafficVideoEvent website
2417:00 - 18:15Sustainable tourism mobilityBMK (Federal Ministry Republic of Austria, Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology), BMLRT (Austrian Federal Ministry Agriculture, Regions and Tourism)VideoEvent website

EXHIBITION:

A permanent virtual exhibition for companies and organisations from the Member States was offered free of charge throughout the entire conference week. The online exhibition section featured short videos, presentation materials and additional information on country showcases and best practices in the fields of transport, health and environment. Exhibitors were able to engage with the conference participants in scheduled Q&A sessions or via direct messages and video calls.

For further information on the exhibition please contact:

thepep2021-exhibition@energyagency.at

 

YOUTH FORUMS:

THE PEP loves to learn more about the opinions of young people! 27 young people from 12 different countries met virtually for a youth dialogue in the lead-up to THE PEP ministerial conference 2021. In three virtual youth forums in April 2021, they developed common positions on healthy, convenient and environmentally friendly mobility. The final youth forum was organised as a side event of THE PEP ministerial conference in the form of a webinar.

The youth forums were accompanied by Austrian experts from the fields of transportation, health, and environment, and were supported by Austrian and international youth organisations.

In addition to the youth networking and the strengthening of the involvement of young people, a concrete outcome of the youth forums is the “Vienna Youth Position Paper 2021”, which was officially presented by two young people in a conference session of the ministers. The paper comprises the outcomes of the youth forums and a mission statement under the title “No More Empty Promises”, reflecting three visions for sustainable mobility for children and young people. Additionally, they encouraged the creation of a separate THE PEP partnership for child- and youth-friendly mobility.

The Youth Position Paper and further information can be found on https://www.klimaaktiv.at/mobilitaet/mobilitaetsmanagem/jugend/who_PEP.html

Contact: thepep2021-youth@energyagency.at