On 1 and 2 June GPSM was represented on the German Habitat Forum. The event was an outstanding opportunity not only to strengthen GPSM’s international presence but also to underline the key role of German sustainable mobility solutions for making future cities more functional and livable. A number of GPSM’s friends contributed substantially to the conference as well. Dr Tom Kirschbaum, founder and COO of ally, took part in the panel discussion on the City of Tomorrow. His colleague, Isabel Flores, provided a valuable input as a panelist in the Innovations in Urban Mobility Workshop organised by the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT). In this session, moderated by SLoCaT’s Secretary-General Cornie Huizenga, a bike-sharing company’s view on transport-related innovations was shared by Sebastian Schlebusch of nextbike. GPSM and its friends ally, InnoZ and World Bicycle Relief were also involved in organising some of the thematic Berlin tours on 3 June.
The conference was organised by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and hosted by the senate of Berlin. It provided a platform for dialogue for international stakeholders in view of the upcoming global human settlements conference Habitat III which is to be held in October in Quito, Ecuador. Indeed, some 900 public and private sector representatives as well as urbanisation and mobility experts from all over the world attended the conference. The outcome of the event has been summarised in the Berlin Recommendations.
It was the second time GPSM took part in Habitat III preparations. On 14 and 15 April it contributed to the Urban Mobility Implementation Action Days in Berlin.
For more information on the Innovations in Urban Mobility Workshop, refer to the SLoCaT webpage.