Global Initiative on Transport Emissions
World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD)
The GITE continued its participation in the work of the Commission on Sustainable Development throughout the year leading to the Summit.
As part of the ground level preparation for the WSSD, the GITE, in cooperation with a great number of international and local partners, implemented the UN Car Free Day Series as a way of promoting citizen driven participation in transport policy. The series was aimed at highlighting the importance of creating space for non-motorized and alternative transport as well as the need for improved public transport systems in both developed and developing countries. To learn more about the series, visit UN Car Free Days at http://www.uncfd.org.
In an effort to further the goals of greater partnership and collaboration set out by the WSSD, the GITE is one of the founding members of the newly forming Partners for Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles. The Partnership was launched at the WSSD during a Side Event at Sandton Convention Center.
The GITE will be working with Governments, such as the United States of America (EPA), Netherlands, China, Chile, Australia, and Canada as well as United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), The International Fuel Quality Center (IFQC), and the Alliance to End Childhood Lead Poisoning to assist countries that have not yet done so to phase out the use of lead in gasoline and sulphur in diesel. Preliminary commitments for the work of the Partnership were determined at the first Steering Committee Meeting held 14-15 November 2002 at UN Headquarters in New York. The Partnership remains open to new members.
For more information regarding the Summit and its follow-up visit:
Ninth Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development
As part of its mandate, the GITE actively participated in the Ninth Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-9), which took place 16-27 April 2001 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This involvement included providing technical input into the CSD process as well as contributing to the organisation of the session. Additionally, the GITE sponsored two side events:
International Action: The Global Initiative on Transport Emissions (GITE) was held on 24 April 2001 at the Dag Hammarskjold Library Auditorium from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. The event was designed as an open dialogue between the GITE and the international community. It provided an opportunity for the GITE to be formally introduced to members of the international community and provided delegates, NGOs and members of the private sector a forum to discuss how the GITE could best meet the needs of both international and local transport related problems. A reception was held in conjunction with the event in the Library Foyer.
A diverse panel, chaired by Kui-Nang Mak of UNDESA, discussed their perceptions of the most striking transport problems and offered paths of partnership among international actors. The presentations can be viewed below:
George Tharakan of the World Bank explained the genesis and vision of the GITE.
Peter Hartmann of DaimlerChrylser presented paths of public/private partnership.
Walter Hook of the NGO Transport Caucus spoke of NGO involvement in transport planning in various Latin American cities.
Wang Zhijia of the State Environmental Agency of the People's Republic of China relayed the advancement of emission reductions in China.
Air Pollution from Transportation: Causes, Strategies, and Actions was held on 25 April 2001 in Conference Room B of the UN Secretariat Building from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. This event focused on the background paper entitled Ground Transportation as a Factor in Air Pollution: Causes and Possible Solutions that was prepared by the GITE as an input to CSD-9. A short presentation of this, as well as two World Bank papers, was followed by an open session of comments. Delegates, NGOs, and members of the private sector were invited to contribute to the discussion of transport issues.