Highlights of the International Transport Forum

International Transport Forum

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This annual report from the International Transport Forum summarises the outcomes of its annual meeting held each year in Leipzig.
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Highlights of the International Transport Forum 2011

Highlights of the International Transport Forum 2011

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17 Oct 2011
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Transport is intrinsic to societal activity, and one of its greatest enablers. It allows people to reach their workplaces; provides individuals with access to education and services; and is increasingly important for leisure. It drives trade and creates jobs. 

A world without the very real daily benefits of mobility has become unimaginable. But all too often transport is taken for granted, and societal demands on transport are constantly increasing. Transport systems must be adapted to better serve us all, but these systems are complex, and not easy to change. Opportunities for more open, effective dialogue on the development of transport systems should be pursued in order to facilitate a better understanding throughout society of transport issues. 

So how can transport provide even more benefits for our citizens and societies? How can all transport modes – for passengers as well as freight – contribute to growth that is sustainable? Transport Ministers and business leaders, mayors of major cities, top researchers and representatives of non-governmental organisations met together at the International Transport Forum’s annual summit on 25-27 May 2011 in Leipzig, Germany, to examine these strategic issues. This publication condenses their main findings.

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Table of Contents

About the International Transport Forum
-José Blanco López: "Society Shows us the Path"
-Jack Short: "We Bring Decision-makers Together"
-Peter Ramsauer: "International Transport Policy for Tomorrow’s Society"
-Jeremy Rifkin: "We Have Forty Years to Make the Shift"
-Enrique Peñalosa: "A Powerful Symbol"
-Transport for Society: Key Messages from Ministers
-Putting People First: Opening Plenary
-A Delicate Balance: Mobility Rights, Needs, Expectations and Costs
-More with Less: Shrinking Budgets and Growing Demand
-Meeting Tomorrow’s Needs: Transport and Employment
-Equitable Access: No Passenger Left Behind
-Security in Transport: Protecting and Respecting Users
-Keeping it Clean: Transport, Health and the Environment