January's Transforming Transportation conference focused on how to take advantage of key opportunities in 2015 to catalyze action that will make our cities better places to live. From the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) expected in March 2015 to the chance for a binding international climate agreement at the COP21 climate negotiations in December, today’s decisions will set the tone for global development for years to come.
Transforming Transportation 2015, co-organized by EMBARQ—part of the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities—and the World Bank, took place from January 15-16, 2015 and convened mayors and city leaders, former heads of state, entrepreneurs, and transport and urban development experts to explore how smart, connected urban mobility can improve quality of life in cities. Panels, presentations, and discussions throughout the event focused on the role of transport in combating climate change, cities and the sustainable development agenda, road safety, supporting thriving urban economies, and more. More than 880 people gathered at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC to make this year’s conference the largest in the event’s 12-year history. An additional 1,100 tuned in online from 96 different countries and the conference hashtag – #TTDC15 – generated over 5,000 tweets, reaching as many as 16 million people worldwide.