Excellency, Mr. Gennady Bessonov, Secretary-General of the International Coordinating Council on Trans-Eurasian Transportation,
Distinguished participants, ladies and gentlemen,
It is a great honor to offer my congratulations on the successful organization of this 32nd plenary meeting of the International Coordinating Council on Trans-Eurasian Transportation.
As a regional arm of the United Nations in Asia and the Pacific, ESCAP is actively promoting the development of sustainable transport and working with member States on a wide range of related matters.
The Ministerial Conference on Transport held in December 2021 adopted the Regional Action Programme for Sustainable Transport Development in Asia and the Pacific (2022–2026), which aims to emphasize how transport can act as an important enabler of the Sustainable Development Goals in our region.
The Regional Action Programme puts significant emphasis on the development of multimodal transport in order to help advance the efficiency, sustainability and resiliency of land and multimodal transport corridors in the region.
In the operations of the international transport corridors, multimodal transport solutions offer many benefits to transport users and service providers but also to the community in general.
Multimodality enables transport modes to be used in the most productive manner, efficiently combining optimal travel time, reliability and costs at different segments of transport routes.
Developing multimodality also provides additional opportunities for the shift to sustainable and more environmentally friendly freight operations and for expanding the scope of the economic and social benefits of transport connectivity.
Another important direction of our activities is the digitalization of transport, for the first time indicated as a dedicated area of work in the Regional Action Programme, to assist in the wider deployment of advanced technologies and innovative transport systems to improve the efficiency, resiliency and social and environmental sustainability of transport in the region.
The emergence of new opportunities, such as the development of contactless technologies, the promotion of digitalization and further progress in raising the efficiency of the border crossing systems, enables seamless transport connectivity across borders and modes of transport.
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
We highly value our continuing partnership with the International Coordinating Council on Trans-Eurasian Transportation on the implementation of transport-related projects in which it has fostered the enhanced involvement of transport and logistics industry in related activities, wider outreach of ESCAP’s policy recommendations and knowledge products to its end-users, and better utilization of the expertise of transport industry’s practitioners.
In the context of ESCAP’s current Regional Action Programme, I can see a wide space for further synergy with the activities of your Council on various aspects of sustainable transport, including those mentioned above.
We can also explore new thematic areas of collaboration, such as practical solutions for increasing the environmental sustainability of land transport routes and corridors, as well as the introduction of other viable means for the decarbonization of land and multimodal transport operations.
We also noticed that the activities of CCTT and its members in recent years are increasingly being focused on the Asia-Pacific region, including the exploration of new transport routes and logistical chains, which is also of high priority to ESCAP member States.
We look forward to our continued collaboration in promoting transport connectivity and logistics in the Asia-Pacific region in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
I wish you every success in your deliberations at the plenary meeting.