Urban mobility is key to keep cities moving, and it is fundamental to shape the experience of living in a city both for residents and visitors. Public transport is especially important for those who do not have an alternative to it and need it for commuting to work, take their children to school, go to the hospital, access essential services, and more. 

As cities seek more affordable, accessible, and sustainable transport systems, we want to explore how cities that have access to waterways, such as rivers, or the sea, are using water mobility as a sustainable way to provide mobility options for all. We have invited the cities of Venice, Italy, and New York, USA, to share with us how they are managing water mobility in the most sustainable and inclusive way, taking into consideration financial constraints and balancing the needs between tourists and residents.

When? Thursday, 20 June 2024 at 10 am (New York time)

To join the webinar online, please register here

Venice is built on 118 islands, and relies exclusively on waterways to transport locals and the 11 million tourists who visit annually. The city’s vaporetti (water buses) connect various islands, including Murano, Burano, and Lido. 

New York City is comprised by more than 40 islands, and counts on several companies to provide essential ferry services to improve urban mobility for 8.4 million citizens and 56.7 million yearly visitors.

Although Venice and New York City are placed in unique contexts, their experiences offer lessons and insights that can guide other cities in expanding and adapting water transportation in urban settings.

Download the concept note here

The speakers

Franny Civitano, NYC Ferry Deputy Director and Senior Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)

Giovanni Seno, Director General, AVM group, Venice, Italy

The moderator

Michele Candotti, Chief of Staff and Director of the Executive Office of the United Nations Development Programme