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According to experts, more needs to be done, including mobilising trillions of dollars in investments, to bring about sustainable transportation
Over 50 nations endorsed the Ashgabat statement with a view to supporting clean and green transportation in future. As the first United Nations conference on Global Sustainable Transport ended Sunday, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov said that the event had heard about successful projects and innovative ideas being developed.
Participants talked about the need to promote the integration of science, technology and innovation into sustainable transport systems to bring about positive changes.
“The conference has reinforced the importance of sustainable transport and has shown it is a shared global task,” Wu Hongbo, under-secretary-general for economic and social affairs, said.
According to experts, more needs to be done, including mobilising trillions of dollars in investments, to bring about sustainable transportation. Policy decisions are needed to meet the needs of all in a low-carbon manner.
The conference also featured discussions on issues ranging from climate change and energy to financing initiatives and road safety. Participants pointed out that lack of access to transportation continued to cripple economies in rural areas. They also noted that transport must be safe for all, especially women and girls, who use public transit.
Experts also agreed that sustainable transport ensured benefits and improved the quality of life. Increased access to markets, healthcare and basic services are enhanced through better modes of transport.