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The first lady of Costa Rica, four ministers of transport, four mayors from cities like Madrid and Buenos Aires, high-level representatives from UN-HABITAT and the Inter-American Development Bank, and the newly elected president of UITP; the second edition of UITP’s Latin America Week 2021 turned out to be a defining mobility event.
To conclude this unique event, we highlight several key takeaways.
The broad agenda covered discussions on public policies, working with new technologies and planning and operations strategies to bring sustainable improvements to city life. With sessions in Spanish, Portuguese and English, the international event was broadcasted live to 1,200 registered attendees from across the globe.
The event also marked the first UITP event in the tenure of the newly elected president Khalid Alhogail. In opening the event, he emphasised the importance of intensifying collaboration between public and private actors.
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the solidarity between regions and the importance of working together at UITP on solutions that ensure that nobody and no place is left behind. We have a great opportunity to definitively change things for the better, where public transport and active mobility play a key role in building back better.
The only way to lead in life is by example. In Bogotá we do not talk about sustainable transport, we build the second metro line; in Bogotá we do not talk about alternative mobility, we build the largest network of cycle routes in the world in development; in Bogotá we do not talk about pedestrians, we are aware that we are most indebted to them. For this reason, this is why we are going to invest heavily in them in the years to come.
It was the 67 speakers and moderators who made the Latin America Week 2021 such a great success.
Of course, also a big word of thanks to the sponsors and the diverse exhibition with key industry providers in the sector.
The Latin America Week was truly an experience for the entire urban mobility community.
(Available in English & Spanish)
The virtual event facilitated the participation of delegates from all over Latin America, even from the most distant of places. This edition was a unique opportunity to learn from regional experiences and exchange with experts from Asia, North America, Africa, Europe and Eurasia.