News from ISGlobal
The third edition of the International Conference on Transport and Health (ICTH), being held this week in Barcelona, highlighted the need for a "change of perspective" in transport planning and policy to evolve towards sustainable models that prioritize people's health. The event, which presents global research on the health impacts of transport-related exposures and urban living, is taking place from June 26th to 29th at the ISGlobal.
Currently, estimates indicate that the transport sector employs 10 million people in Europe alone, and contributes to 5% of GDP. "In our globalized world, the weight of the transport sector on the economy and technological advancements is increasing, but so are its health consequences", warns Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, Director of the Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative at ISGlobal and co-chair of the conference.
"Better urban planning could contribute to preventing 20% of premature mortality, as data from Barcelona demonstrate. Experts from different fields urgently need to work together to put people’s health first. The way in which the transport network is designed and managed is a matter of public health”, he adds.