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33rd session of the Working Party on Transport Trends and Economics (WP.5) of the UNECE Inland Transport Committee

33rd session of the Working Party on Transport Trends and Economics (WP.5) of the UNECE Inland Transport Committee

From 7 to 9 September this year, a workshop on economic analysis of urban transport system transformation was organized by the UNESCAP Secretariat in Geneva as part of the activities of the UNECE ITC Working Group on Transport Trends and Economics. Stakeholders, including city authorities, urban and spatial planners, national experts from ministries of transport/mobility, NGOs and academia, were invited to submit case studies on the cost-benefit analysis of transport policies currently used in a number of cities of different sizes, focusing on one of three categories of strategies: "prevention strategies", "transition strategies" and "improvement strategies" or their combinations (i.e. integrated strategies). WP.5 will provide an opportunity to explore the possibility of creating an analytical "policy assessment model" that allows city authorities to select those mobility strategies that best meet their needs and help them most effectively address the challenges facing their respective urban transport systems. 

The event was attended by representatives of UNESCAP member States, representatives of international organizations, research institutes, companies in the transport and logistics industry, as well as invited consultants. On behalf of the International Coordinating Council on Trans-Eurasian Transportation (CCTT), the meeting was attended by Secretary General Mr. Gennady Bessonov and Deputy Secretary General Ms Natalia. Stepanova.

The WP.5 session discussed a wide range of issues, including the development of transport networks and links (Euro-Asian links, Trans-European Motorway and Trans-European Railway projects, Trans-European transport network, Mediterranean transport), transport infrastructure issues (transport infrastructure monitoring, comparative analysis of transport infrastructure construction costs), transport and climate change issues, inland transport security, sustainable urban mobility and public transport, review and monitor emerging issues and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, etc.

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