Sustainable Transport Action Network Launched
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The UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), has reported on the launch of the Sustainable Transport Action Network, noting that sustainable transport provides access to goods and services in support of economic and social development while minimizing negative environment, social and economic impacts of the transport sector.

RIO+20April 2013: The UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), has reported on the launch of the Sustainable Transport Action Network, noting that sustainable transport provides access to goods and services in support of economic and social development while minimizing negative environment, social and economic impacts of the transport sector.

The April issue of the DSD newsletter “Sustainable Development in Action” highlights the importance of sustainable transport as an enabler of development, and underlines that transport is one of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s six building blocks for sustainable development in his five-year action agenda. The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) also cited the centrality of transport and mobility to sustainable development (paragraph 132).

The Action Network integrates various initiatives including the Voluntary Commitments on sustainable transport made at Rio+20. Other initiatives may register support for the Network on DESA’s Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform (SDKP). [Publication: Sustainable Development in Action, Volume 1, Issue 4]