ITF 2018Daniele D'Onofrio
The International Transport Forum (ITF) annual summit is the world’s largest gathering of transport ministers and the most important global transport policy-making event. This year the event took place in Leipzig, Germany, from 23 to 25 May 2018. Since 2008, it brings together officials from the ITF’s 59 member countries, among others, offering discussion and networking opportunities for business leaders, heads of international organisations, top researches and sector representatives.
The summit focused on Transport Safety and Security: issues ranging from terrorism and cybersecurity to road safety and extreme weather disruption, including the risks and benefits of automated driving. This is due to the fact that safety and security are primary concerns for any transport system, affecting passengers and service providers alike; moreover, both factors are the basis for an individual’s right to travel without fear, and critical for the reliable and efficient transport of goods. Enhancing transport safety and security is also an essential element in the implementation of two major international agreements: the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement. A CITA delegation was there to discuss policy responses to the sector’s challenges with transport ministers and other ITF stakeholders.