Participation of Mr. Miltiadis Makrygiannis, PABSEC Deputy Secretary General, in the 80th annual meeting of UNECE’s Inland Transport Committee (ITC), Geneva, 20-23 February 2018
Mr. Miltiadis Makrygiannis, PABSEC Deputy Secretary General, attended the 80th annual meeting of UNECE’s Inland Transport Committee (ITC), which took place in Geneva, from 20 to 23 February 2018.
The Session drew several Transport Ministers and Deputy Ministers from the UNECE region, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, as well as high-level participants from more than 50 countries and heads of key transport organizations.
This year, the ITC opened with a policy segment on 20 February, focusing on “Intermodality: The key to sustainable transport and mobility”.
With the need to accelerate progress towards the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), creating policies and measures that promote efficient, clean, safe and affordable inland transport are of increasing priority, as most of the speakers underlined.
In this context, it was pointed that the seamless combination of different modes of transport for passengers and freight where the person or parcel can slip easily from one mode to the next - be it bus to train or truck to boat – can mean transport that is safer, more efficient, and often faster and less costly.
The session opened by Ms Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of UNECE, who together with Mr. Umberto De Pretto, Secretary General, International Road Transport Union, and Mr. Jean Todt, United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety, launched the new road safety policy making tool “SafeFITS”.
Three thematic sessions explored specific aspects of Intermodality, namely:
• Intermodality leads to sustainability
• Intermodal freight transport and connectivity
• Intermodal passenger mobility