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Second United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference

October 14, 2021 - October 16, 2021

The Second United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference, under the theme of “Sustainable Transport, Sustainable Development” will be held from October 14 to 16 in Beijing, China, in a “hybrid format” with both virtual and in-person participation.

It will provide an opportunity to focus attention on the opportunities, challenges and solutions towards achieving sustainable transport worldwide. It will follow up on the first Global Sustainable Transport Conference, held in 2016 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, and is expected to indicate a way forward for sustainable transport to help achieve the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change in the Decade of Action.

The Conference consists of Opening & Closing Ceremony, Ministers’ Forum, Science, Technology & Innovation Forum, Business Forum, three Plenary Sessions and six Thematic Sessions. A schedule of events, including their format, has been posted on the Conference website. The detailed program is vailable in this page.


Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for Sustainable Transport

UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Transport of China, in collaboration with WFEO and other scientific and engineering organizations.

Prof. GONG Ke, President of WFEO will moderate this forum.

The Forum website is available in this page.

The Forum will serve as a platform for academic leaders, heads of international scientific, technology and engineering organizations, young innovators and other relevant stakeholders to present innovative solutions to sustainable transport-related challenges and to identify areas where additional efforts are necessary from the science, technology and engineering perspective.

Draft Agenda: Oct 15, 2021 Paris Time

10:00 –10:10 a.m. Opening by Co-chairs
10:10 – 10:55 a.m. Policies, programmes and partnerships for accelerating emerging climate-friendly, sustainable transport innovations and SDG progress – addressing gaps and scaling up solutions: alternative fuels, batteries, recycling, autonomous transport and artificial intelligence.
10:55 – 11:00 a.m. Closing remarks by panelists and moderator

The concept note and the program are available on the UN Sustainable Transport website.

Commitments & Partnerships

An important part of the Second United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference will be voluntary commitments, partnerships and other initiatives that seek to raise ambition on sustainable transport from member States, UN System entities, the private sector, local and regional governments, and other stakeholders. Through such initiatives, the Conference seeks to:

  • Encourage increased ambition in areas of strategic importance for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement in the transport sector;
  • Mobilize influential actors within sub-sectors to encourage commitments or reinforce existing ones of high impacts, building on existing networks and relationships;
  • Keep the momentum created in relevant United Nations meetings/conferences, such as the Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit in 2019, the High-Level Dialogue on Energy in 2021, amongst others, and to feed into subsequent events, such as the COP26 on climate change in 2021 and the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in 2022.

The UN Secretariat has developed an online registry to collect information about ongoing and new commitments and showcase inspiring initiatives by all actors that advance sustainable transport in ways that are in line with the SDGs and the Paris Agreement.

Please, submit your sustainable transport commitment in this page.


A maximum of 1000 participants is expected to participate in person while the rest will be following the Conference online via the dedicated Zoom platform and UN WebTV.
Only the members of the delegation who intend to speak during the virtual meetings should log in to the virtual Zoom platform. Other members of the delegation may view the proceedings via livestream (link available on Conference website) and do not need to join the virtual platform.
For more information:

Website of the conference

Website of the forum

UN WebTV website

Chinese website of the conference

Information Note for the Conference


October 14, 2021
October 16, 2021
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United Nations
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO)