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Reaching the most remote: rural transport challenges and opportunities
Saturday, 26 November 2016
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Plenary Hall

Parallel thematic discussions

Biographies
Transport is a key enabler of rural development, allowing farmers, including women and small-holder farmers, to access markets, employment, health services, social interaction and the world beyond their village or local community. However, sustainable transport priorities for rural areas must go beyond simply building more all- weather roads. Achieving the 2030 Agenda in the rural context will require a holistic approach to transport: infrastructure improvements, technology transfer and innovation, emphasis on health and safety, focus on active mobility, and local economic and social development. Opportunities for a green path to development must be maximized.
Biographies
Mr. Abayomi Babalola
Transport Sector Manager, African Development Bank
Mr. Abayomi Babalola

Transport Sector Manager, African Development Bank

Mr. Bolor Erdene Baasanjav
Head of the International Relations and Cooperation Division, Ministry of Road and Transport Development of Mongolia
Mr. Bolor Erdene Baasanjav

Head of the International Relations and Cooperation Division, Ministry of Road and Transport Development of Mongolia

Mr. Shantanu Mukherjee
Chief, Policy Analysis Branch, Division for Sustainable Development, UN-DESA
Mr. Shantanu Mukherjee

Chief, Policy Analysis Branch, Division for Sustainable Development, UN-DESA

Shantanu presently heads the policy and analysis branch in the Sustainable Development Division within the UN's Department for Economic and Social Affairs. He is is a micro-economist with interests in poverty, health and sustainability. A particular area of focus in his current position is enhancing the impact of science, technology and innovation in advancing sustainable development.

Prior to this, he led the research unit of UNDPís Human Development Report through two report cycles, preceded by a stint as head of UNDPís global MDG policy work. In that position, he worked with national planning, finance and sector ministries in many countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Some of his most interesting experiences during this period were in Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Ghana, Togo and Yemen.

Shantanu began his career with the Indian Government in various areas of development policy planning, implementation and finance.

He earned a PhD in Economics from Princeton University in 2006, and also holds advanced degrees in Public Policy and Physics.

Mr. Stephen Cahill
Global Logistics Cluster Coordinator, World Food Program
Mr. Stephen Cahill

Global Logistics Cluster Coordinator, World Food Program

Ms. Chikako Takase
Director, UN Center for Regional Development, UN-DESA
Ms. Chikako Takase

Director, UN Center for Regional Development, UN-DESA

Ms. Laura Capobianco
Global Policy Focal Point, Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Flagship Initiative, UN Women
Ms. Laura Capobianco

Global Policy Focal Point, Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Flagship Initiative, UN Women