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UIC at Rio+20

What we did during the Earth Summit

Friday 7 September 2012

After having prepared our participation to the Earth Summit, we went to Rio from the 13 to the 22 of June 2012 to organize our side events to promote sustainable transport.

Panel Speaker: Side Event Financing Sustainable Transport to Support Sustainable Development

On Thursday, the 14th of June, from 13:30 to 15:00, UIC participated on an expert panel to discuss options and practical examples of financing sustainable transport. UIC focused on the development of railways in emerging economies in Asia and Africa. The lead organizer of this event was the Institute for Transport Development and Policy. Below, the screen that presented the side event :

ITDP Panel Session

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UIC Side Event - Sustainable Transport in the Cities of the Future

Date/Time: Friday 15th June, 13:30 – 15:00

Alex Veitch

This side event, organized and Chaired by UIC, explored the sustainability challenges facing urban areas today and in the future, and how sustainable transport can meet these challenges. Other speakers included UIC, UITP (International Association of Public Transport), UNIFE (Union of European Railway Industries), the Japan International Transport Institute, and Holger Dolkmann, Director, EMBARQ / WRI. More than 70 people attended this event (see the picture below)

The Audience

The presentation is available here.

Panel Speaker: Side Event - Implementing Voluntary Commitments on Sustainable Transport

All participants at Rio+20 were encouraged to make voluntary commitments.
So, on Sunday, the 17th, June, from 11:30 to 14:00, we made our voluntary commitment with the Declaration on Sustainable Mobility (more information about the declaration here).
UIC was a panellist at this event, hosted by the EU, which featured brief remarks from transport organizations describing their Voluntary Commitment. If you wish to read more, all the commitments are now compiled into an online compendium of commitments : http://www.uncsd2012.org/voluntarycommitments.html.
Here, a picture of the stakeholders who made sustainable transport voluntary commitments

Transport Voluntary Commitments

Conference Speaker: Global Forum on Human Settlements and Electric Mobility

Mr Loubinoux

On Monday 18th June, UIC was invited by the United Nations to address an important 1-day Conference on Electric Mobility being held as an associated event at Rio+20. UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux made a presentation in Session 4 on the topic of the integration between railways and electric road vehicles. UIC also co-moderated Session 3 on the experiences using electric vehicles in urban fleets.

UIC / UITP / UNIFE Half-Day Workshop - Sustainable Transport in the Cities of the Future

UIC Participation to the Workshop

On Tuesday the 19th of June, from 09:00 to 14:00 was held this half-day workshop which welcomed over 70 transport professionals, national governments and UN officials, journalists and other stakeholders, to showcase ways in which transport can contribute to a green economy. Speakers included the President of FeTranspor, the CEO of Brazilian railway association EDLP, UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, and a representative of the Colombian city of Bogota.
On the right, a picture of Alexander Veitch, Head of Sustainable Development Unit, speaking at the workshop.

Evening Reception : Sustainable Transport in the Cities of the Future

On Tuesday 19th June, from 19:00 to 22:00, UIC, UNIFE, UITP and the SLOCAT Partnership welcomed 80 guests to a high-level evening cocktail reception for diplomats, UN officials, national governments representatives , transport professionals and the media. The event celebrated the many different Voluntary Commitments that have been developed by the sustainable transport sector, coordinated by the SLOCAT partnership. The guest of Honour was Mr. Paulo Sergio Passos, Federal Minister of Transport.
Below you can see some of our guests :

Our Guests

Joint Statement with UITP and UNIFE: Sustainable Transport in the Cities of the Future

Launched on 20 June 2012, this short document sets out the challenges facing mobility in cities and puts forward the key rail and public transport messages to decision makers at Rio+20. The statement is available here: http://www.uic.org/IMG/pdf/joint_statement_unife_uic_uitp_rio_20_final.pdf

Conclusion

In a word, we managed to promote railways and sustainable transport in many different ways. This was a success for sustainable transport. If you wish to know why, please read our article Rio+20 Outcomes