United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Republic of Korea

November, 27, 2016

Vice Minister’s Remarks at Global Sustainable Transport Conference
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Distinguished heads of states and delegations,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great honor for me/ to address Global Sustainable Transport Conference/ on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Korea/ and as a member of the global community./

Humanity transformed its economies/ for the past century/ and it improved our lives dramatically./ Unfortunately,/ we have been facing the threats/ of environmental degradation/ and climate change/ because of that growth./ We also have emerging threats/ including worsening social inequality,/ terrorism/ and extreme weather events./ These are the issues/ we must address/ to ensure sustainable development of the mankind./

Transport connects people/ and connects cities./ It is a vital link/ that provides an equal access/ to educational, employment, and healthcare opportunities./ Unfortunately,/ transport is also the main cause of climate change/ accounting for 25% of global emissions./

Given its impact,/ a transport system/that is green and inclusive/ will be essential/ to reducing gaps in our society/ and delivering sustainable development./

In order to build such a transport system,/ there are three things/ we should remember./
First,/ we need to shift away from the thinking/ that building more transport infrastructure/ would mean more damage to the environment./

By improving access to public transport,/ we can cut down congestion/ and enhance mobility/ while reducing the transport’s impact on the environment./

To this end,/ Korea introduced a national transport card system,/ mobile platform for bus travel reservation,/ and inter-modal transfer centers/ to promote public transport use./

Also/ central bus-only lanes,/ provincial express railways were open/ to enhance the punctuality of the services./ All of these changes/ will boost public transport use in Korea./

Second,/ technologies should be at the center of our efforts/ to build sustainable transport./

Intelligent Transport System,/ Internet of Things/ and other technological innovations/ will make Korea’s transport system smarter,/ easier to automate,/ and thereby more equal and efficient./

Some of these technologies are being applied/ to the Korean expressways./ Korea successfully introduced the electronic toll collection system/ to its entire expressway network./ Drivers/ can also access to the real-time traffic information/ through their smartphones or navigations inside their cars./ Efforts are also underway/ to build Smart Highway/ to prepare for the arrival of fully autonomous driving./

Electric vehicles/ and renewable energies/ will help us reach the ‘zero-emission target’/ while not compromising mobility./

Third,/ sustainable transport is a goal/ that both the developed and developing countries should strive for./

Building a green and inclusive transport system/ may not be the priority for many developing countries/ given a more pressing need for economic growth. /

To raise the awareness/ and interest among the developing countries,/ support from the developed countries is critical./ It can be technological support,/ sharing of experiences,/ or funding/ such as “Korea Green Growth Trust Fund”, which Korea is raising in partnership with World Bank./

Excellencies, /
Sustainable transport/ is something that can be achieved/ when all the stake holders work toward the same goal/ and no country is left behind./

The Republic of Korea/ is contributing to sustainable transport/ by sharing our experiences and know-how./ Korea will continue such efforts/ until we realize our common vision/ of sustainable development./

Thank you.