The curtain raiser press conference on 12 October at 9 am Beijing time/11 October 9 pm New York time, will provide journalists with an opportunity to learn more about the significance of the UN Sustainable Transport Conference and what the Conference is expected to achieve. The inter-agency report on sustainable transport will also be launched.
- Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Conference Secretary-General
- Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator in China
- Alex Trepelkov, Officer-in-Charge, Division for Sustainable Development Goals, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
The second United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference will provide an opportunity to focus attention on the opportunities, challenges and solutions towards achieving sustainable transport worldwide.
It will follow up on the first Global Sustainable Transport Conference, held in 2016 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, and is expected to indicate a way forward for sustainable transport to help achieve the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change in the Decade of Action.
A farmer carrying her produce to the local market, a ship being loaded with medical supplies, a child seated on a school bus – the movement of people and goods from point A to point B, whether going from a village to a town or across a continent or ocean, shapes sustainable development.
Sustainable transport – with its objectives of universal access, enhanced safety, reduced environmental and climate impact, improved resilience, and greater efficiency – is the focus of the 2nd Global Sustainable Transport Conference to be held in Beijing, China from 14 to 16 October.