By Amy Choi and Virginia Fusé
Decarbonization has been at the heart of the work of the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP) for many years. The respite provided to the natural environment during the global shutdown induced by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in 2020 added weight to the efforts of the youth climate movement and others to speed up global action to decarbonize our world.
Decarbonization is one example of an issue where transport, health, and environment all meet. An upcoming high-level meeting will aim to support UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) member States in addressing numerous challenges, including: ambient air pollution; traffic noise; greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from inland transport; physical inactivity; socioeconomic disparities and exclusion; road traffic injuries; economic inefficiency; land take and the loss of biodiversity; unsustainable behaviors; and incoherent policymaking.
The Fifth High-level Meeting on Transport, Health and Environment will convene online from 17-18 May 2021, hosted jointly by two Austrian ministries: the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology; and the Federal Ministry for Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection. The High-level Meeting serves as the governing body of THE PEP, which is jointly serviced by the UNECE’s Environment and Sustainable Transport Divisions and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe.
The anticipated outcomes of the High-level Meeting provide solutions and ways forward. These include: reacting to the pandemic and building forward better; creating the first Pan-European Master Plan for Cycling Promotion; and analyzing the […]