Every year, the International Transport Forum at the OECD hosts the global summit of transport ministers in Leipzig, Germany. As the world’s leading transport policy event, the Summit attracts ministers of transport from the ITF’s 57 member countries as well as leaders from business, academia, and international governmental and non-governmental organisations. More than 1000 delegates from around 70 countries participate each year in two-and-a-half days of debate and exchange on the future of transport and mobility.
Transport plays a central role for societies that seek to ensure economically and environmentally sustainable prosperity with the benefits more equitably shared among all citizens. ITF’s Annual Summit will explore the importance of low-carbon transport as an essential element in the transition to a green growth economy as well as the changes needed to make transport greener and more inclusive to provide access for everyone to public services, jobs, and other opportunities.
Why is green and inclusive transport important for economic growth? What incentives are needed to shift users to more sustainable modes of transport? How can policy frameworks be refocused to bring accessibility to the centre of planning? How should greener and more inclusive transport services be funded? How can governments better support the role of innovation and technology in driving solutions?
Around these questions, the 2016 Summit will offer a rich programme of inspiring keynote addresses, interactive sessions, and discussions gathering ministers and leaders of business, civil society and academia to debate these challenges and policy responses. The Summit will also provide numerous networking opportunities including bilateral meetings, receptions and a Gala Dinner. Technical and cultural tours and an exhibition will complement this diverse and interactive programme of events.