UN lists ideas to ease transport problems
The answer to the world’s transport problems is sustainability and not less vehicles, especially as there are millions of people around the world that still have no access to transport systems, according to the United Nations.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement the world has all that was needed to transform transport systems in a sustainable manner that would improve human wellbeing, enhance social progress and protect the planet.
“This sector is responsible for nearly a quarter of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions and is expected to substantially increase in the future,” Ban said.
Ban said sustainable transport was out of reach for too many rural communities and millions of persons with disabilities could not use public transportation because it was inaccessible.
He also noted the heavy toll of unsustainable transport systems on human life, with 1.25 million lives lost yearly.
The UN chief shared the following seven ideas for sustainable transport, stressing on needed initiatives.
One, the need for an integrated policy framework that aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Two, governments must address the needs of vulnerable countries, including least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing states.
Three, the need to promote better transport systems in cities, which means improving public transport while promoting walking and cycling.
Four, the need to make all transport systems safe and secure to reach the ambitious target set in the 2030 Agenda calling for access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all.
Fifth, the need to address the environmental impacts of transportation in order to mitigate the impact on climate change and reduce local air pollution.
Sixth, the need to mobilize funds from a variety of sources, with public-private partnerships (PPP) considered as indispensable.
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