“We have a timeline of 2030 to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Change Agreement,” said Liu Zhenmin, head of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Sustainable transportation, sustainable development.
‘Focused, global effort’
In preparation for the Second World Sustainable Transport Summit, which began in the Chinese capital Beijing and online on Thursday, the new report paves the way for an integrated, sustainable approach to making cities safer and more resilient, as outlined in SDG 11.
“Two years after the United Nations Decade of Action for the SDGs, we must recognize that accelerated progress between multiple goals and objectives is needed together,” Mr. Liu said.
As such, there is a need for “a focused, global effort” across the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development where there is a deep, systematic connection, he said, describing sustainable transport as “one of these important areas”.
The Kovid-1 pandemic epidemic has delayed years of progress towards poverty alleviation, hunger eradication, women’s empowerment, education empowerment and public health.
However, climate change continues unabated.
“The global average temperature in 2020 was 1.2 degrees Celsius higher than the pre-industrial level, which reached dangerously close to 1.5 degrees Celsius,” said the DESA chief.
The epidemic delayed the transport conference a year and a half later than originally planned.
The report said recovery from the epidemic would give everyone a chance to rethink passenger and freight transport with an integrated solution towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Change of mindset
Since the first transport conference in Turkmenistan five years ago, there has been a growing appreciation of the importance of sustainable transportation in a world closely associated with globalization and digitalisation.
“Transportation is important for communication, trade, economic growth and employment development. However, it is also a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions, ”he said. Reminded Liu.
“Resolving these trade-offs is essential to achieving sustainable transportation and sustainable development through it.”
The Sustainable transportation The report says that when properly applied, new and emerging technologies accelerate existing solutions to the key to many challenges, such as low / zero-carbon vehicles and intelligent transportation systems and create new fuels, energy and digital infrastructure that mitigate harmful consequences. .
“Innovation, driven by new technology, setting consumer preferences and supportive policies, changing the landscape of transportation“, Mr. Liu acknowledged.
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The scene of change
Although science has great potential for transformation into stability, Some new technologies have taken the risk of further discrimination, Imposing restrictions on specific countries or presenting additional challenges to the environment.
Therefore, they must maintain equitable access to and expansion services in transportation services as well as those that mitigate the environmental impact across the entire product cycle of the vehicle.
The report encourages governments and international organizations to control the development and installation of all new transportation technologies.
Describing the upcoming conference as “a landmark moment for stakeholders around the world”, the DESA chief described it as “an opportunity to discuss challenges and opportunities, good practices and solutions.”
The report has been prepared by DESA in collaboration with a wide network of UN agencies, which will present the main background of the talks and options for the way forward.