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May 25, 2015 Conferences No Comments Email Email

Key topics of this year’s summit will be centered on transport and climate change as a milestone to the COP 21 climate change conference in December 2015.

The Annual Summit of transport ministers from around the world will take place in Leipzig, Germany from 27-29 May 2015, under the Presidency of New Zealand. The theme of the 2015 Summit is Transport, Trade and Tourism.

Transport ministers from all over the globe will gather in Leipzig for the two-and-a- half day Annual Summit  to discuss the role of transport in a world of growing global trade and rapidly expanding tourism. They will be joined by more than 1,000 participants from around 80 countries during the Summit.

Transport ministers will discuss mitigating transport-related climate change impacts of trade and tourism during the ministerial session of the Leipzig Ministers will also work on a joint declaration.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will be addressing the ministers via a video message to urge them to accelerate efforts to combat climate change.


The Annual Summit of the International Transport Forum is the unique platform for a global conversation on strategies for transport in the 21st century. Since 2008, the Annual Summit has developed into the leading global get-together of the key players in transport and transport-related sectors, providing a unique platform for high-level exchange on strategic policy issues. 

The Participants

More than 1 000 participants from around 80 countries, among them: Please visit  for all speaker/session details.

  • Ministers and political decision-makers from the ITF’s 54 member countries and many invited countries;
  • CEOs and business leaders;
  • Heads and senior representatives of international organisations;
  • Heads of global, regional and national business associations; and
  • Leading researchers and academics.

Main media events on 27 May: 

u  10:30h CET: Latest road safety data from 38 countries Presentation of the latest international road safety statistics from the upcoming IRTAD Road Safety Annual Report.

u  13:00h CET: Official Summit kick-off press conference with the Hon. Simon Bridges, Minister of Transport of New Zealand (2015 ITF Presidency country) and Alexander Dobrindt, Federal Minister for Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Germany (Summit host country) and ITF-Secretary-General José Viegas

u  16:00h CET: What can the transport sector do to make COP21 a success? Presentation of an initiative by 150 transport sector organisations aiming to accelerate the implementation of climate commitments in the transport sector for the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris in December 

Main media events on 28 May: 

11:00-12:45h CET: Open Ministerial Session: Mitigating the transport-related climate change impacts of trade and tourism Ministers discuss how transport can help mitigate climate change in the run-up to the Paris COP21 negotiations. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will address the meeting via video. Speakers from the private sector and NGOs will join the debate.

12:45h CET: Official Summit Family Photo with Ministers and VIPs

We will provide B Roll pictures of all attending Minisiters and VIPS on stage. This will be visually interesting as there will be a group of Maori Warriors on stage – taking part in a traditional Maori ceremony.

14:30-15:00h  Big Data in transport and autonomous driving: New findings
ITF Secretary-General José Viegas presents key findings from the first round of studies initiated by the ITF Corporate Partnership Board, focusing on two new reports: “Big Data in Transport” and ”Autonomous and Automated Driving”

Main media events on 29 May:

09:00-10:30h CET  What the rise of the sharing econmy means for transport
Panel discussion with David Plouffe (chief strategist, Uber), Umberto de Pretto (International Road Transport Union, IRU), Frédéric Mazzella, CEO BlaBlaCar), Robin Chase, (Founder Zipcar), Ogi Redzic (HERE)

12:45-14:15h CET:  Do mega-ships need mega-ports?
Panel discussion with Ronald Widdows (World Shipping Council), Noel Hacegaba (CCO, Port of Long Beach), Lulun Ni (VP Shanghai Int. Port), Wolfgang Hurtienne (MD, Hamburg Port Authority), Martin Matthews (CEO New Zealand Ministry of Transport) and others.

13:00-13:45h | Media Centre
Summit wrap-up for Media with ITF Secretary-General José Viegas

All press conferences take place at the Summit venue, Congress Center Leipzig (CCL), Seehausener Allee 1, 04356 Leipzig, Germany.

 Media registration online
(until Tuesday 26 May –  17:00h Central European Time)

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