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Secretary-General, in Message, Commends Forum for Focus on Next-Generation
Transport Systems — Key Building Block for Sustainable Development
Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message to the seventh Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport Forum in Asia and the Global Consultation on Transport in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, in Bali, 23 April:
I send warm greetings to the participants in this important forum on sustainable transport. I extend sincere appreciation to the Governments of Indonesia and Japan for their initiative and generosity.
Transport is a key building block for sustainable development. Access to goods and services through efficient means of transport and connectivity is essential for poverty reduction. Ensuring better market access for rural communities through improved transport services enhances farmer’s lives and sustainable livelihoods.
In both urban and rural areas, better land use and transport system planning make a great difference in facilitating access to jobs, goods and services for men and women alike. It also helps improve road safety and reduce traffic accidents and fatalities. On a global scale, it is essential that we better design and build transport infrastructure to make it safer and more environmentally friendly, and to minimize vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters.
I am, therefore, pleased that this forum will discuss next-generation transport systems for the twenty-first century. The significant financial commitments for sustainable transport made by multilateral development banks at last year’s Rio+20 Conference can help us to realize those aspirations.
I also welcome your ideas and suggestions as the United Nations seeks to define a transformative post-2015 development agenda. Global consultations are under way among Governments, civil society, the private sector and others, and I encourage you to make your voices heard.
I share your commitment to sustainable transport and look forward to the outcome of your deliberations. Please accept my best wishes for a productive forum. Terlma Kasih (“thank you” in Indonesian).
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