Countries will determine a new direction for global transport that fosters prosperity and well- being while protecting the environment at the first Global Sustainable Transport Conference, convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, from 26-27 November.
Some 1,500 participants, including Heads of State and Government, UN officials, private sector CEOs and civil society leaders, will discuss all modes of transport – road, rail, air and waterborne – as well as the fundamental role that sustainable transport plays in fostering social, economic and environmental development.
The conference comes at an opportune time when governments, businesses and civil society are moving quickly to take actions that are needed to achieve sustainable development as well as tackle climate change.
Transport drives development – enabling trade, tourism, and economic growth and allowing people to access jobs, services, education and the interactions that help create fulfilled lives. Sustainable transport, by extension, drives sustainable development, advancing the people-centered goals at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development while protecting and preserving the planet and its resources for generations to come.
The Conference is expected to culminate in a launch of partnerships, initiatives and commitments that will drive the implementation of a new global sustainable transport system.