Making the Road Sector a Key Vehicle for Sustainable Development

26 Nov 2016 to 27 Nov 2016
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

ESCAP website note

ESCAP Side Event at the Global Sustainable Transport Conference (GSTC)
13:00-14:00, Saturday 26 November 2016
Side Event Room inside GSTC Venue, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Road sector plays a significant role in economic and social development as the most efficient, convenient and flexible mode of transport. However, it is facing unprecedented challenges: Road transport consumes around 80% of total energy consumed by the entire transport sector and produces more than 70% of total CO2 emissions by the whole transport sector; Globally 1.25 million people were killed on road; Population of road vehicles reaches 1.8 billion and increases in two digits in many countries; Road is more internationalized but necessary essential setting is not in place; More road vehicles are used to attack people by terrorists; Time to time, vehicles carrying dangerous goods exploded, fired or dumped poison material to rivers.

Sustainable transport cannot leave this key sector further diversified and less formalized. A very recent study undertaken by ESCAP identifies the role of the road sector in sustainable development, reviews the existing situation and challenges, and proposes the critical ways forward to make the sector safer, securer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly.

The latest ESCAP study report on addressing the challenges in the road sector under the 2030 sustainable development agenda will be officially launched at side-event.

The one-hour event will include a speech by Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP; Technical presentation by Mr. Yuwei Li, Director, Transport Division, ESCAP; Remarks by representatives of non-governmental organization(s) for road and partner countries for the event.