Chancellor Angela Merkel to Address the International Transport Forum on Climate Change and Transport

    - The International Transport Forum, 28-30 May in Leipzig Transport and
    Energy: The Challenge of Climate Change -

    PARIS, March 4 /CNW/ - "The International Transport Forum offers a unique
opportunity for the transport sector to say how it will deal with global
warming," said Jack Short, Secretary General of the International Transport
Forum in Paris on Tuesday, while introducing the programme of the Forum 2008.
"The Forum will bring together Ministers, politicians, key industry actors,
top researchers as well as high level representatives of NGOs and civil
society from around the world to discuss, debate, and provide a set of
messages on how the sector can best reduce its impacts on global warming." The
Forum will chart the strategies and measures that must be put in place,
nationally and internationally, if the sector is to contribute to reducing
global emissions by around 50% over the next 50 years. Ministers of Transport,
Industry leaders and experts from more than 50 countries will make the Forum
the "transport summit of the year."
    German Federal Chancellor, Angela Merkel will deliver a keynote address
at the Forum 2008. "The participation of the Chancellor underlines the
important role foreseen for the International Transport Forum as a high level
strategic platform, and also the enormous challenge for the transport sector
that global warming poses" said Short. Among the speakers, along with many
others, are eminent industry leaders, such as Thomas Enders, CEO, Airbus;
Thierry Morin, CEO, Valeo; leading academics like Professor Julia King, author
of the recent report "The King Review on low carbon cars"; and key figures of
international agencies such as Angel Gurria, OECD Secretary General and Nobuo
Tanaka, IEA Executive Director.
    Day 1 of the Forum will feature discussions and debates including
industry, senior research figures and key stakeholders, who will then distil
key messages for policy makers and politicians. Day 2 will include keynotes
and high ranking panels on energy security and the roles of technology and
policy to reduce emissions in the transport sector. Ministers will discuss
institutional and political issues at a specific Ministerial session. Day 3
will disclose the final key messages and conclusions of the Forum.
    In addition to the debates and discussions, there will be an exhibition
open to companies, public authorities, researchers and associations. The
exhibition will display policies and solutions for energy efficient
technologies, as well as good practice in energy efficiency and
CO2 mitigation.
    The International Transport Forum will also award three prizes for
innovative, comprehensive and result-oriented strategies designed to improve
the sustainability of the transport sector. The three prize categories will be
awarded to a local or regional public authority, a company with an innovative
mobility management plan and a young researcher.

    The Saxon city of Leipzig will be the host city of the International
Transport Forum "Transport and Energy: the Challenge of Climate Change" from
28 to 30 May 2008.

    See to consult
the programme of the forthcoming Forum, obtain registration information and
regular updates.

    The International Transport Forum, part of the OECD family, is a global
platform and meeting place at the highest level for transport, logistics and
mobility with more than 50 member countries worldwide. Key figures from
government and politics, business and industry, research and civil society
will meet at the annual conference in Leipzig, the "Transport Summit of the

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