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Transport - a catalyst for inclusive societies

Transport ministers from around the world meet in Germany to discuss how better mobility solutions can bring divided societies together

Ministers from the 63 member countries of the International Transport Forum (ITF) gather in Leipzig, Germany, for their Annual Summit from 18-20 May under the Presidency of Morocco.

The theme of the three-day Summit is "Transport for Inclusive Societies":

  • How can transport policy make mobility easily accessible to all - regardless of age, health, income, place of residence, or gender?
  • How can transport policy improve opportunities for all by making it simple to reach destinations that count: jobs, schools, hospitals, shops, friends?

More than 80 sessions and side events will explore various aspects of the theme of inclusion: from connectivity for rural communities to the digital divide, from workforce diversity in the transport sector to inclusive planning and design.

Three online tools presented by the ITF at the Summit highlight practical steps for transport to help build more inclusive societies:

The ITF Gender Analysis Toolkit for Transport offers a hands-on, easy-to-use method for incorporating a gender-inclusive perspective into transport projects and policies. It offers those who design, manage, implement or evaluate projects three user-friendly tools for conducting gender analyses. Find out more at the press conference via Zoom on 18 May at 13:00 CEST.

"How accessible is your city?" This online tool lets you compare access in over 100 cities: How easy is it to reach schools, hospitals, shops, green spaces and more? You can set the maximum travel time, the transport mode and other parameters to frame your query in detail:

The Disabled Motoring website: Over 1 billion people live with some form of disability. Huge numbers of them need or want to travel by car. Yet disabled travellers often face problems finding answers to simple questions: "Am I allowed to drive here?", "Where can I park?", "Can I rent a car?" The Disabled Motoring website offers a unique resource for car travellers with disabilities. The project is a co-operation between the ITF and FIA, Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. Find out more at the press conference by Zoom on 18 May at 11:15 CEST.
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Who we are

The International Transport Forum is an intergovernmental organisation with 63 member countries. It acts as a think tank for transport policy and organises the Annual Summit of transport ministers. ITF is the only global body that covers all transport modes. The ITF is administratively integrated with the OECD yet politically autonomous.

What we do

ITF works for transport policies that improve peoples' lives. Our mission is to foster a deeper understanding of the role of transport in economic growth, environmental sustainability, and social inclusion and to raise the public profile of transport policy.

How we do it 

ITF organises global dialogue for better transport. We act as a platform for discussion and pre-negotiation of policy issues across all transport modes. We analyse trends, share knowledge and promote exchange among transport decision-makers and civil society. ITF's Annual Summit is the world's largest gathering of transport ministers and the leading global platform for dialogue on transport policy.

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