United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Thematic session 1: Sustainable transport, poverty, livelihoods and growth

Fri 15 Oct 2021, 5.00 am
Beijing, China (BJT: 5-6 pm CEST: 11-12 pm EDT: 5-6 am)






Sustainable transport can provide livelihoods, reduce poverty, and enhance economic growth while allowing for access to markets, economic opportunities, and basic services, such as health, education, and finance, goods as well as social and cultural experiences and interactions. Sustainable transport also underpins global supply chains, enhances their efficiency, and boosts resilience to economic shocks, protracted trends, climate change and extreme weather events, facilitates global trade and supports other main sectors, such as global tourism, contributing to overall global economic growth. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the importance of transport to the fore and is a unique chance for all actors to rethink passenger and freight transport and come up with solutions which cannot only withstand possible future crises of this or other nature, but also support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement and other relevant international agreements. This session will take a deep dive into the sustainable transport-poverty-livelihoods-economic development nexus, including in light of COVID-19 response and recovery, highlight best practice examples and identify suitable transport solutions.


  • H.E. Mr. Ma Junsheng, Director General, State Post Bureau, China
  • Mr. Haoliang Xu, Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support New York 


  • Mr. Aniruddha Dasgupta, President and CEO, World Resources Institute


  • Mr. James Leather, Chief of Transport Sector Group, Asian Development Bank
  • Ms. Esenam Nyador, Founder and Head, Miss Taxi Ghana
  • Mr. Bill M. Halkias, President, International Road Federation
  • Mr. Li Xuesong, Director, Institute of Quantitative & Technological Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

UN agencies:

  • Mr. Binyam Reja, Acting Global Director, Transport Global Practice, World Bank
  • Ms. Ismahane Elouafi, Chief Scientist, Food and Agriculture Organization
  • Mr. Robert Lisinge, Chief, Energy, Infrastructure and Services Section, Private Sector Development and Finance Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Other stakeholders:

  • Mr. Wang Jian, Vice President, China Post Group