Vadim Donchenko, scientific director of NIIAT, and Evgeny Mikhailov, The First Deputy Head of the Department of Transport and Development of Road Transport Infrastructure, took part in the sixth workshop in THE PEP 'relay race' workshop series

01 October 2013

"NIIAT" JSC, a host party of the last year Forum, awarded Almaty a modified cup, a symbol of this event, as its gift and contribution to the International Relay.

Yevgeny Mikhailov spoke about the measures undertaken by the Moscow government to support cycling and walking, to develop public transport and to improve the environmental conditions in the city.

Participants from Europe and Central Asia provided examples of effective use of electric vehicles, pedestrian areas, of corresponding changes in the mentality of the authorities and inhabitants of the cities.

Meanwhile, such countries as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan still have to go a hard way of sustainable development of their urban transport systems. The experience of Western colleagues will shurely be quite helpful in the implementation of various projects and in their application in the territories of these countries.

The workshop participants developed a document - Key Principles for further work to support sustainable development. 


The Steering Committee of the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP) decided at its seventh session (22–23 October 2009) to establish relay races (staffette) as a part of a new communication and implementation strategy, with a view to spreading the key messages of the Amsterdam Declaration throughout the region (ECE/AC.21/SC/2009/4–EUR/09/5088363/4, paras. 8–10). The sixth workshop in THE PEP staffete workshop series was held on 26-27 September 2013 in Almaty (Kazakhstan). The sub-regional workshop addressed the topic of “Green and Health-friendly Sustainable Mobility: Focus on Urban Central Asia.”

Organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport and Communication, Republic of Kazakhstan, AKIMAT (municipal authority of Almaty, UNECE, WHO/Regional Officer for Europe and UNDP_GEF Project “City of Almaty Sustainable Transport”, the Workshop brought together over 100 experts from national and municipal authorities, private sector, civil society and academia. Financial support was provided by the Governments of Austria, France, Norway and Switzerland.