SG assembles advisory group on sustainable transport

Wed, 13/08/14

This announcement first appeared on Climate Summit 2014

The UN Secretary-General has announced the members of an advisory group that is charged with promoting sustainable transport systems to further growth and development while protecting the environment and limiting the impact on climate change.

“I look forward to working together with you to help fight poverty and climate change and contribute to future sustainable development goals by advancing sustainable transport across the world,” said Ban Ki-moon in a letter to the 12 members of the group, who include experts in business, transportation, finance, shipping and urban planning.

The group will be led by Olof Persson, CEO of the Volvo Group, and Carolina Tohá, the mayor of Santiago, Chile.

Transportation is a critical issue for the Climate Summit, which is to be held in New York on 23 September.

Absent major changes in policy, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions are predicted to increase by nearly 50 per cent by 2030 over what they were at the end of 2009. Most of that will be caused by a projected surge in the number of vehicles around the world.

Appointed for a three-year term, the 12 members of the High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport are to make recommendations for action at global, national, local and sector levels. The group will work with governments, transport providers (aviation, marine, ferry, rail, road, and urban public transport), private businesses, financial institutions, civil society and other stakeholders.

The initiative is the latest in a series of moves made by Ban to advance climate action and follows his pledge to forge consensus around a post-2015 sustainable development agenda and implement it.

The advisory group was formed in response to a call by stakeholders in a variety of fields for a more strategic approach to transport and infrastructure-related issues.

The group is expected to meet for the first time in the coming months and will submit a progress report to the Secretary-General in the second half of next year.

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