MEDIA ADVISORY: Transforming Transportation 2014 — Better Cities, Better Business
WASHINGTON, DC – City and business leaders will gather at the World Bank in Washington, DC for a global forum on the growing potential for sustainable urban mobility in the developing world. The 11th annual Transforming Transportation event is co-organized by the World Bank and EMBARQ, the sustainable urban transport program of the World Resources Institute, on Thursday and Friday January 16-17, 2014, from 9 am to 5 pm.
Long term mobility patterns and greenhouse gas emissions are determined by today’s choices. Developing countries, which still face a large infrastructure gap, have the opportunity to leap-frog car-dependent transport and adopt multimodal strategies that reduce pollution, energy consumption, traffic fatalities and congestion, while fostering economic development and improving well-being.
This year's Transforming Transportation conference will look at opportunities for business to help advance the sustainable transport agenda for cities, at a time when the international community is defining the next wave of global sustainable development goals. The forum will highlight technology solutions to design more inclusive and optimal transport systems, leadership and governance, climate finance, mid-size cities, emerging markets and traffic safety.
The entire conference is open to media. Registered journalists will have an opportunity to interview select speakers during the media availability each day (see below). Part of the event will be live streamed at www.transformingtransportation.org.
Transforming Transportation 2014: Better Cities, Better Business
Full agenda: www.transformingtransportation.org
Twitter Hashtag: #TTDC14
Featured Speakers include:
- Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, World Resources Institute
- Holger Dalkmann, Director of EMBARQ, World Resources Institute
- Jose Luis Irigoyen, Director of Transport, Water and Information and Communications Technology, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank
- Dirk John, CEO, Road & City Mobility, Siemens
- Csaba Körösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations
- The Honorable Tariq Kabbage, Mayor of Agadir, Morocco
- Peter Kosak, Executive Director, Urban Mobility, General Motors
- Sudhir Krishna, Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, India
- Paul McRoberts, Vice President, Infrastructure Business Group, Autodesk
- Mahmoud Moheildin, President’s Special Envoy World Bank
- The Honorable Luis Revilla, Mayor of La Paz, Bolivia
- Jeffrey Rhoda, General Manager, Global Government, IBM
- Jean Todt, President, Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA)
Thursday January 16 – Friday 17, 2014, 9 AM to 5 PM
The entire conference is open to media, but highlights for reporters and bloggers include:
9:00 am – Welcome Remarks: Holger Dalkmann, EMBARQ and Jose Luis Irigoyen, World Bank
9:30 am – The Future We Want: A Conversation With City and Business Leaders: Manish Bapna, World Resources Institute; Csaba Körösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations; Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank; Femi Oke, Al Jazeera (Moderator); Luis Revilla, Mayor, City of La Paz, Bolivia; Jeff Rhoda, IBM
11:00 am – Media availability
9:00 am – Safer by Design: How Traffic Safety is Better for People and Business: Holger Dalkmann, EMBARQ; Karla Gonzalez Carvajal, World Bank (Moderator); Sudhir Krishna, Ministry of Urban Development, India; Nestor Roa, Inter-American Development Bank; Jean Todt, International Automobile Federation
10:30 am – Media availability
Part of the event will also be live streamed at www.transformingtransportation.org.
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