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ADVISORY: Mayor Bloomberg and World Bank President Kim Headline Transforming Transportation 2013

The Honorable Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, and Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, are scheduled to headline a keynote session at the annual Transforming Transportation conference in Washington, D.C. The session on “Shaping the Future of Urban Transport” aims to galvanize awareness of challenges facing cities and urban transport, share examples and solutions from the World Bank, New York City/Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the World Resources Institute.

The conference is being hosted jointly by EMBARQ—the World Resource Institute’s center for sustainable transport and the World Bank. This is the 10th annual Transforming Transportation, which aims to scale-up and advance the adoption of sustainable solutions in transport and urbanization around the world.

The session will also include remarks by Dr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute, and Ms. Rachel Kyte, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank. The session will be moderated by Zanny Minton Beddoes, The Economist’s Economics Editor based in Washington D.C.

The session will focus on the urban challenges in the U.S. and around the globe. Cities everywhere are under increased pressure from rapid population growth, exacerbated by climate change and extreme weather events, such as Hurricane Sandy. Increased motorization is also resulting in negative externalities such as congestion, emissions, and road fatalities. The conference will explore how scaling up sustainable transport will bring the smart solutions to the diverse set of challenges that cities are facing.

WHAT:
Plenary Session with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York; Dr. Jim Kim, President, World Bank; Andrew Steer, President, World Resources Institute; Ms. Rachel Kyte, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank.

WHEN:
Friday, January 18, 2013

TIME:
9:00 to 10:00 a.m. ET
Note: Registered media should arrive by 08:30 a.m. in order to sign in.

PLACE:
Preston Auditorium
World Bank Headquarters
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC

The event will be live streamed. Check “Watch Live” at TransformingTransportation.org

NOTE: Media must register for this event to Alexis O'Brien at aobrien@worldbank.org or tel. (202) 473-2409

For more information, please contact:
Michael Oko, moko@wri.org; (202) 729-7684 (WRI)

WRI’s website: www.wri.org
EMBARQ website: www.EMBARQ.org
Conference website: http://TransformingTransportation.org
Twitter hashtag: #TTDC

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