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26 NOV 2016
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Plenary Hall
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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.

Co-chairs:

Turkmenistan (TBD)

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

Panelists:

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

Mr. Abayomi Babalola, Transport Sector Manager, African Development Bank

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

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

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