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International workshop intended for ensuring sustainable mobility for the European commuters to be held in Kaunas this year

2014-06-18

On the initiative of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and under the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme of the World Health Organisation (WFO) Regional Office for Europe, an annual international workshop for the promotion of environment- and health friendly transport and life style will be held in Kaunas this year. It will be organised by the Kaunas City Municipality and the Ministries of Environment, Health and Transport on 24-25 September.

Such events have already been held in Amsterdam, Prague, Skopje, Batumi, Kiev, Moscow, and Astana. The agreement to organise a workshop in Kaunas was reached during the High-Level Meeting of European Ministers of Transport, Health and the Environment “City in Motion – People First!” convened by the ECE and the WHO in Paris last April. In this event, Lithuania was represented by Minister of Health Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis, Vice-Minister of Environment Daiva Matonienė and Vice-Minister of Transport Vladislav Kondratovič.

Under the Paris Declaration, the European countries undertook to promote the creation of new jobs through investments in environment-and health-friendly transport, strengthen a more efficient transport system, reduce air pollution and noise levels and take political decisions and actions related to the environmentally-friendly modes of transport..

Based on the WHO data, the greenhouse gas emitted by vehicles account for 24% of total emissions in Europe and North America. The Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme, which has been implemented by the World Health Organisation (WFO) Regional Office for Europe since 2002, is intended to promote sustainable mobility, i.e. to walk, cycle and use public transport. This helps reduce air pollution, noise levels and traffic congestion, improve road safety, better preserve landscape, optimise urban environments, etc.

Sustainable urban mobility plans contribute to the achievement of this objective. Such plan will be developed for Kaunas as well. An independent infrastructure expert who will attend the aforementioned workshop will present the comprehensive infrastructure recommendations prepared for the city of Kaunas. In the future, sustainable urban mobility plans will be drafted by Panevėžys, Šiauliai and Vilnius.

Public Information Division
18 June 2014

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas