UCLG-MEWA Committee on Urban Mobility, established with the aims of producing and carryinh out projects on subjects such as sustainable urban mobility plans, accessibility to urban transportation, low carbon transportation, traffic and transportation, integrated public transportation systems and smart transportation systems continues its works.
The second meeting of UCLG-MEWA Committee on Urban Mobility was held on 22-23th March 2016 in Amman, the capital city of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, hosted by Amman Metropolitan Municipality.
During the two-day meetings, thematic meetings were organized along with the administrative affairs of the committee.
“Public Transportation Culture Should Be Popularized”
Mehmet Duman, UCLG-MEWA Secretary General, who made an opening speech at the meeting, touched upon the works that are carried out in the region on urban mobility. “Transportation solutions that will ease the lives of people living in the cities of MEWA Region are implemented successfully by some of our municipalities. Popularization of public transportation culture in our region is a necessity. If the public transportation culture cannot be popularized, this problem will not only affect the locals, but also it will result in an environmental pollution and a great harm to the world we live in,” Mr. Duman stated.
Within the context of the event, three thematic sessions were held besides the committee meeting. The first session was held under the title of “How to achieve Sustainable Mobility in MEWA region and what are the challenges faced?”, the second session was “LRT & BRT: Planning, Implementation and Challenges”, and the last session was “Habitat III and Mobility”. Many panelists and participants from Turkey, Egypt, France, Spain, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, and from many other countries participated in the sessions.
The Third Meeting of the Committee will be held together with TRANSIST2016
During UCLG-MEWA Urban Mobility Meeting, Mohamed Sadieh, Preident of Union of Municipalities of Dannieh and Co-president of the Committee started the session by introducing the Committee Presidency, elected in TRANSIST 2015. Accordingly, he recalled that IETT was elected as the President of the Committee whereas Amman Metropolitan Municipality, Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, Union of Municipalities of Dannieh, Malatya Metropolitan Municipality and Nablus Municipality were elected as the co-presidents.
Moreover, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, and Dr. Khaled Abbas, Former Dean of Egyptian National Institute for Transportation and Expert of Dubai Public Transportation demanded for the committee membership. Then, various projects were shared with the participants after discussing the program of activities. Furthermore, it was decided to hold the third meeting of the Committee along with the TRANSIST 2016 in December 2016.