“On September 28,2019 an important cooperation agreement was signed in Moscow with International Transport Academy (http://www.itamain.com/) establishing organizational framework and identifying principal areas of joint activities between ICTD and this Moscow based leading transport policy and educational “think tank” in Eurasia.

According to Dr Igor Runov, ICTD Executive Director, “We are very happy to join forces with International Transport Academy in these challenging environment to promote sustainable transport in Eurasia and to facilitate movement of goods and passengers along major transit corridors , including Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Road Transport Routes, One Belt- One Road Corridors – land and maritime etc”. 

After signing the Agreement, a number of specific joint projects were discussed- from educational and distant learning programs to promotion of passenger transport, mobility and tourism along the ancient Silk Road.”

Left-to-Right: Dr Igor Runov, ICTD Executive Director, Dr. Victor Dosenko, ITA President

Left-to-Right: Dr Igor Runov, ICTD Executive Director, Dr. Victor Dosenko, ITA President

“After successful participation and presentation at the Council Meeting Meeting in Bratislava last June (https://ictd2030.org/index.php/2019/06/24/639/) our relationships with Intergovernmental Road Council (CMCD) went a long way. After the Council’s recommendation to its official and business members to consider implementation of ICTD educational programs a number of governments have already approached us with specific proposals which are currently being carefully considered.

Last week another meeting took place in Moscow between ICTD Executive Director Dr Igor Runov and Ms Goar Mirzayants, Deputy Head of CMCD Secretariat (http://cmcd.ru/), with a special focus on joint participation in the upcoming UN events in New York later this year and organizing educational – training programs for official and business executives from the CIS and Eurasia in the US.”

Intergovernmental Road Council (CIS) is instrumental in formulating regulatory framework for road construction and management and promoting multilateral cooperation along major Eurasian transport corridors. Therefore there are quite a number of potential areas for cooperation with ICTD which were discussed in Moscow early this week – from Human Resources Development to creation of modern “ green” transport infrastructure in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals .

“During a brief visit to Kishinev on March 29-30, 2019, Dr Igor Runov met with representatives of business and educational communities of Moldova to discuss areas of potential cooperation in promoting sustainable transport in this country, including introducing distant learning programs in transport diplomacy”. 

On the photo: “After successful consultations and signing cooperation agreement with Mr. D. Solomon, Rector of Moldovan Academy of Transport, Computer Science and Communications “

On October 30, 2018, the International Center for Transport Diplomacy (ICTD) introduced its priorities and educational and other programs at the Roundtable Briefing held at the UN Headquarters, co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Turkmenistan to the United Nations. The Briefing – co-hosted by UN DESA, UN OHRLLS, SuM4All Consortium of the World Bank and ICTD – analyzed the progress in implementation of SDGs in transport related areas since the Ashkhabad Conference on Sustainable Transport and provided a number of concrete recommendations. In particular, H.E. Mrs. Aksoltan Ataeva Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the UN, informed participants about its recent initiative to host the Second UN Conference on Sustainable Transport in Turkmenistan, which was supported by a number of delegations from Member States . . In his closing remarks Dr. Igor Runov, Executive Secretary of ICTD and moderator of the Briefing , emphasized the need for closer cooperation between all global players in order to achieve ambitious goals of 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda ( for more detailed information, please see attached press release ).

ICTD was invited to moderate a high level panel “On regional integration and business interaction of the countries of the Silk Road” in the framework of Global Silk Road Forum in Astana on July 2-3 , 2018. During two and a half hours intense discussion the speakers from different countries analyzed the current status , prospects and challenges of Eurasian integration in the context of One Belt- One Road initiative. A number of important and far reaching initiatives were put forward and thoroughly discussed by panelists and participants of the session”. 

( on the photo: IBR and Mr Vladimir Platonov, President, Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry)

Following adoption by the UN General Assembly on April 12 of a special Resolution on “World Bicycle Day” a special event was hosted on June 3 in the UN Secretariat Garden in New York. HE Mrs Aksoltan Atayeva, the Head of Turkmenistan Permanent Mission to the UN ( main sponsor of the Resolution) addressed the heads of diplomatic missions, representatives of different international organizations and UN Secretariat and emphasized the role of bicycles as a viable alternative to motorized transport in the context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and decisions of HABITAT -3.

Addressing the Board of International Congress of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs ( ICIE) on May 14, 2018, in Thessaloniki ( Greece), Igor Runov emphasized the role of Transport and development corridors in promoting sustainable development and regional integration in Eurasia. During bilateral consultations with the Chairman of ICIE Mr Vasily Tarlev , former Prime Minister of Moldova, a number of areas of potential cooperation in transportation sphere were considered with a special focus on implementation of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Program.