September 2018

Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European
Programme and the Sustainable Development Goals

WHO Regional Office for Europe

 

By:
Oana Arseni, Francesca Racioppi
With contributions from:
Nicholas Bonvoisin, Virginia Fusé,
George Georgiadis, Nino Sharashidze

ABSTRACT

Transport plays an essential role in our societies and economies. It provides access to jobs, education, services, amenities and leisure, while contributing to economic growth, jobs and trade. At the same time, it has an impact on the environment and human health. Healthy and sustainable transport policies can make a major contribution to the attainment of many of the Sustainable Development Goals and fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Since 2002, the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP), jointly serviced by the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, has provided a unique intersectoral policy platform for Member States, and other stakeholders active in the pan-European region, to collaborate to integrate environment and health considerations into transport policies, and improve the integration of transport and urban planning. This publication presents an analysis of how Member States, working through THE PEP, can advance the 2030 Agenda on multiple fronts; and provides examples of how THE PEP can help.

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