07 / 10 / 2014

CODATU (Cooperation for urban mobility in the developing world) was born from the world conference on the urban transport, organized in Dakar in 1980. It’s an association with international vocation whose objective is to promote the actions of animation and scientific exchanges, technical, economic and social concerning the systems of urban displacements and periurbans; it is based on experience sharing between the developing countries and the countries in the past industrialized.

Call for abstracts: Climate change, air quality and energy challenges: the role of urban transport policies and countermeasures in developing countries and emerging economies

Transport is an integral component of sustaining livelihoods: without efficient urban transport mankind would not survive and develop and nor would economies. Yet, despite the immense benefits that transport enables, such as access to jobs, markets, education, and consumer goods and services via global supply chains, the transport sector generates substantial disbenefits. These include dependence on non-renewable energy, greenhouse gas emissions, local pollutions, road accidents and inequalities of access.

Such disbenefits clearly demonstrate that the transport sector is currently unsustainable economically, environmentally and socially. The way we transport people and goods must be radically changed. Many cities in the world have already started implementing effective policies and countermeasures that seek to avoid and reduce the usage of energy intensive motorised modes. These also bring improvements in accessibility, and hence increased options and opportunities of mobility. The challenge is for us all!

Applicable practices and suitable transferrable lessons are addressed in this conference under the following three Sub Themes:

  • Problems and Externalities of Transport
  • Policies and Countermeasures for motorised and non-motorised transport
  • Policies and Countermeasures for urban freight movement

Inevitably there are a number of cross cutting issues that can be addressed in any of the sub themes, namely: governance, institutional and social aspects, legislation/regulation, risk management, finance, public participation and role of NGOs.

Linking Europe and Asia and the North and South, Istanbul with its historical cultural heritage and with its current diverse transport challenges and successes is a unique location for the 16th CODATU conference to bring together politicians, planners, engineers, operators, and researchers.

Abstract submission: Abstracts should be submitted online starting 15th of December 2013 and ending on 1st of March 2014.

More information about the abstract submission at the conference official website.