The 2022 edition of Urban Mobility Days conference will take place on 20-22 September in Brno, Czech Republic. We are delighted to share with you a preview of the first day of the programme (see below).
Following in the footsteps of previous successful conferences, this year’s theme is “Moving people and goods more sustainably”. More than 70% of Europeans live in cities, and urban areas account for around 23% of the EU’s GHG transport emissions. If we are to achieve ambitious climate targets, transforming urban mobility will be critical.
Across three days, policymakers, local authorities, academics, NGOs, urban transport practitioners, and urban planners convene to traverse the length and depth of sustainable urban mobility, examining the challenges and solutions at hand.
Urban Mobility Days combines the CIVITAS Forum Conference and European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs). The conference takes place every two years and this year it is organised together with the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU and will take place in Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic and a pioneer of many cutting-edge mobility initiatives, and coincides with EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, which takes place every year from 16-22 September.
This year’s event will place youth participation front and centre on the path to sustainable mobility. Young people are not only victims of climate change, they are also valuable contributors to climate action. And as 2022 is the European Year of Youth Urban Mobility Days will elevate young voices and views, exploring how Europe’s young people can be part of the path towards climate resilience.
PROGRAMME - DAY 1
12h00 - Grand Opening
The Grand Opening will hear from Commissioner Adina Vălean, Czech Republic’s Transport Minister, Martin Kupka and Mayor of Brno, Markéta Vaňková.
14h00 - Active Travel and Public Transport will be high on the agenda.
The pandemic transformed this landscape, raising expectations for walking and cycling infrastructure, while placing new pressures on public transport systems.
At the same time, we now find ourselves at another critical moment. Emissions reduction targets loom and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine underscored the importance of enhancing Europe’s low carbon transport alternatives in reducing our oil dependency.
What are the solutions? Our first plenary moderated by Walter Goetz, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Vălean, brings together:
- Francois Bausch, Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister
- Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General of UITP
- Jill Warren, CEO of ECF
- Heather Allen, Board member of Walk21
- Markus Villig, CEO of Bolt
- Barbara Stoll, CEO of Clean cities campaign
16h30 - TEN-T Urban Nodes will also be discussed in depth.
How can we better integrate the urban nodes in the trans-European transport network? How to successfully cater for long-distance passenger and freight traffic and local, regional mobility needs within an urban node? Our panel dives in. Our panel moderated by Herald Ruijters, Director in the European Commission's Directorate-General for Transport and Mobility, will convene the following panellists to examine the solutions at hand:
- Andrey Novakov, Member of the European Parliament
- Iva Rorečková, Brno's Head of Transport Development Policy and Strategy Division
- Françoise Guaspare, Senior policy Advisor, Île-de-France Europe
- Koen Kennis, Deputy Mayor of Antwerp and CIVITAS PAC chair
19h00 - CIVITAS 20th Anniversary and Gala Dinner
This will be followed by the CIVITAS 20th Anniversary and Award ceremony and Gala Dinner (19h30), where opportunity for meeting and networking with your peers continues.
And this is only day one! We encourage you to save the date of 20-22 September in your agenda.
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