Transport, environment and health protection

The Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP), established in 2002 by the Member States of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe). THE PEP aims to support healthier and more environmentally friendly transportation in the Pan-European region through the implementation of integrated and concrete policy actions involving the transport, health and environmental sectors. At the Third High-level Meeting, held in January 2009 in Amsterdam, ministers and other high-level officials from UNECE and WHO/Euro Member States renewed their political commitment to sustainable and healthy transport in the region and adopted the Amsterdam Declaration “Making THE Link: Transport Choices for our Health, Environment and Prosperity”, clearly defining mechanisms to support its implementation on the ground
One of the mechanisms of implementation, established by Amsterdam Declaration is so called “Staffette” (race really), that presents a number of international thematic workshops that pass “the baton” of the best experiences from country to country, contribute to spreading information on the importance of complex approach to the policy of sustainable development of transportation involving three sectors (transport, health and environment protection) that work on equal conditions.
Kyiv workshop (8-9 June 2011) continued the series of events that were successful in the framework of international race in Prugonitse, Czech Republic (September 2009), Skopje, Macedonia (June 2010) and Batumi, Georgia (September 2010).
The seminar was dedicated to the collaboration in-between three sectors (environment, health and transportation) for introducing of the development policy for urban transportation involving local governments,  financial institutions (including international); business and public sector. The main goal of the workshop was to straighten the collaboration in-between the structures and organs responsible for making decisions in Ukraine and other countries of Eastern Europe, considering strategies development and practical ways of health friendly urban transportation policy sustainable development implementation.

Experts from member-countries of UNECE and WHO/Europe, representatives of civil society, officials of national and local levels, scientists from Azerbaijan, Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Russian Federation, Ukraine and France took part in the workshop. The workshop was also attended by non-profit and inter-governmental organizations such as International Union of Public Transport (UITP), German Society for International Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Internationale Zusammenarbeit -  GIZ), World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Together with the seminar on one of Kyiv’s central squares there was held the public activity that aimed musical performance and the theatrical performance presented by students of Kyiv municipal academy of circus and variety art.
The video-clip will be posted soon
The seminar was held in cooperation with the Ministry of health protection of Ukraine, Ministry of infrastructure of Ukraine, Kyiv city state administration as well as in cooperation with the government of France.
The workshop technical organizer is informational center “Green Dossier”
The report on the workshop as well as presentations and documentation can be found on THE PEP website.


Photo report from the workshop.