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UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Group to issue recommendations for advancing sustainable transport
  • By UN-DPI on 11 Jun 2015
11 Jun 2015 - A high-level advisory group, established by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, agreed today to take measures that could accelerate a shift toward safer, healthier, more effective, efficient and sustainable transport systems.

The Secretary-General’s High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport, meeting in Milan, Italy, agreed to develop a set of recommendations for policy makers, and work to convene the first international conference on sustainable development in 2016. The Advisory Group will also produce a first global sustainable transport outlook report in 2016 that will contain all transport modes and such important issues as road safety, traffic congestion, climate impacts, health issues, clean fuels, etc.

Sustainable transport is an increasingly important concern in a rapidly urbanizing world—54 per cent of the world’s population now lives in cities. There are presently 1.3 billion cars, vans, trucks and buses on the world’s roads, and all indications point to a continued pattern of motorization, with the number of motor vehicles expected to reach 1.6 billion by 2035.

The transport sector is responsible for nearly a quarter of all global energy-related emissions, and transportation has been the largest energy consuming sector in 40 per cent of all countries.

UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo said , “We simply have to build better, safer, and more sustainable transportation systems if we are going to promote prosperity and greater social well-being while protecting the environment.”

“The purpose of this advisory group is to provide recommendations to policy makers and business and civil society leaders that will help build sustainable transport systems that will effectively move people and goods while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and accidents at the same time.”

The increased need for sustainable transport has been increasingly important at the international level, at Rio+20 and at last September’s Climate Summit in New York. The need for sustainable transport is well integrated into the proposed sustainable development goals that will be presented for adoption at the Sustainable Development Summit this September.

The Advisory Group is supported by a Technical Working Group (TWG) comprising experts from various UN organizations as well as non-un institutions, which are active in transport related activities. The TWG provides technical and analytical inputs for the Advisory Group which use them to base tier recommendations on sound technical foundations.

For further information, please contact Dan Shepard, UN Department of Public Information 1 212-963-9495, email