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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Creating Universal Access to Safe, Clean and Affordable Transport

Publication Year: 2013 Publisher: Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport


A Status Report on the Contribution of Sustainable Transport to the Implementation of Rio+20

The transformative role of transport in realizing sustainable development is well understood and was acknowledged in The Future We Want, the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) as well as the report of the Secretary General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

The transport community is challenged to improve access to goods, jobs, markets and services. This will require additional transport services and infrastructure. Key in improving access will be to ensure that this is inclusive access. The old approach, which focused on building roads and optimizing the movement of vehicles rather than that of people and goods, has left large groups, both in the urban and rural areas excluded.