Breakout session | Stage 3


Host: UN Habitat

The COVID-19 pandemic has showcased the critical role of transport services in our cities. It has also shown how challenging, yet important, it can be to maintain transport in an uninterrupted manner, reaching all residents including those previously unserved or with limited access. Post-COVID-19, cities will have to promote more sustainable pathways, in which economic development is decoupled from private motorization – in order to enhance the cities’ resilience of future crises. We have a window of opportunity to learn from the current pandemic and to build back better by making mobility more responsive to crises.  This session will discuss how cities can future-proof their mobility systems and become stronger to address climate change, air pollution, road fatalities and future pandemics. Only then, the world will be able to achieve the SDGs, particularly the ones with strong relevance for transport such as good health (SDG 3), sustainable urbanization (SDG 11), and climate (SDG 13).



Stefanie Holzwarth - Moderator
Associate Specialist, Urban Mobility, UN Habitat
Stefanie Holzwarth is an Associate Specialist at the Urban Mobility Unit at UN-Habitat. She is trained in urban planning and has been working on sustainable mobility projects for more than 5 years, providing technical advice, knowledge and advocacy to governments around the world. Previously she worked in an urban development project at GIZ. Stefanie is a passionate cyclist and regularly participates in Open Streets Activities or Critical Mass Events to create awareness of pedestrians’ and cyclists’ rights to shared urban roads.
Dagmawit Moges
H.E. the Minister, Ministry of Transport, Ethiopia
Dagmawit Moges Bekele is an Ethiopian politician serving as the current Minister of Transport for the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia since 2018. After studying her BA in Public Administration and Development Management (PADM) and acquiring her MA in Public Management and Policy (MPMP) from Addis Ababa University (AAU), she was teaching in the same department where she finished her undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Before her current post, she has served as a Deputy Mayor and Communication’s Affairs bureau head of Addis Ababa City Government. She is a Cabinet member of FDRE and a Member of House of People’s Representatives of Ethiopia (HoPRE).
Eveline Prado Trevisan
Coordinator for Sustainability and Environment, BHTrans
Graduated in architecture and urbanism from Centro Universitário Metodista Izabela Hendrix (1991) and a Master in Social Sciences from PUC Minas (2012), Eveline is currently the Coordinator for Sustainability and Environment at BHTrans, Belo Horizonte’s Department of Transportation. In her role, she is coordinating the Belo Horizonte Bicycle Program - PEDALA BH; she is a full Member of the Technical Group for the preparation of the DENATRAN National Cycling Manual; Full member of the Management Committee of the Conjunto Moderno da Pampulha; Full member of the Zona Cultural Praça da Estação Advisory Board; Municipal delegate member - Metropolitan Conference of RMBH, full member of the City Commission, full member of the Permanent Commission for Standardization of Urban Furniture in Belo Horizonte. Eveline has experience in Architecture and Urbanism, with an emphasis on Architecture and Urbanism, acting mainly on the following themes: urban design, urban planning, design and cycle planning.
Edwins Mukabanah
Chairman of the National Federation of Public Transport Operators, Kenya
Mr. Edwins Mukabanah is the Chairman of the National Federation of Public Transport Operators in Kenya. Mr. Mukabanah is also the Managing Director of Kenya Bus Service Group of Companies and the Vice President (representing East Africa) at the African Association of Public Transport (UATP/UITP). He is engaged in the COVID-19 response in the transport sector in Kenya and will be able to share from the perspective of transport operators in the Global South, where minibuses form the majority of public transport services. Edwins has more than 30 years of professional hands-on experience in Public Bus Transport Planning, Operation and Management gained both locally and abroad, having previously worked with United Transport Overseas Services in Kenya and Stagecoach in UK.
Mzikhona Mgedle
Founder, Langa Bicycle Hub

Mzikhona Mgedle is the founder for Langa Bicycle Hub in Langa Township, Cape Town, South Africa. The aim of the hub is to normalize the use of the bicycle as a form of transport on the narrow roads in the township, also by encouraging more women and children on bicycles.
He is also supporting Khaltsha Cycles, a one-stop bicycle shop, which recently launched the “Heroes on Bikes” campaign – which provides essential workers with a safe, reliable, and convenient way of commuting to work by bicycle during times of COVID-19.
Previously, he has worked for 5 years as Engagement and Mobilization Coordinator at Open Streets Cape Town. Mzikhona is also a musical artist.

Armin Wagner
Team leader Sustainable Mobility, GIZ

Armin Wagner is the head of the Sector Project “Sustainable Mobility” at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Eschborn, Germany since 2013. Within this project (commissioned by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)), he is in charge of design, implementation, coordination and follow-up of GIZ activities related to sustainable urban mobility and transport policy, including the Sustainable Urban Transport Project (, the German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility ( and the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative ( Further, he leads the GIZ’s work on international fuel prices (

September 23, 11:45
11:45 — 12:30EST(GMT-4) (45′)

Cities, Climate, Environment, Leave No One Behind, Planet, Technology

| Host: UN Habitat |, Armin Wagner (GIZ), Dagmawit Moges (Ministry of Transport Ethiopia), Edwins Mukabanah (National Federation of Public Transport Operators Kenya), Eveline Prado Trevisan (BHTrans), Mzikhona Mgedle (Langa Bicycle Hub), Stefanie Holzwarth (Urban Mobility / UN Habitat)