United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Republic of Korea

Mr. Chairman,
It is my pleasure to share Korea's perspective on and experience in sustainable transport systems
with other countries at the 18th session of the CSD.
Through its low-carbon, green growth strategy, Korea is promoting a much needed paradigm shift
in transportation, moving from an energy-intensive, road and automobile-centered system to
human-centered one emphasizing green railroad and maritime transportation and eco-friendly cars.
In particular, my country is shifting away from quantitative expansion and towards strengthened
connections between means of transportation and improved operational efficiency.
In this regard, the Korean government enacted the Basic Act on Low-carbon Green Growth last
year and has implemented numerous other measures aimed at voluntarily reducing automobile
traffic, promoting public transportation, and developing cities where workplaces and residential
areas are close to each other, promoting bicycle usage and walking. Moreover, all of these actions
are intended to contribute towards achievement of our unilateral midterm GHG mitigation target.
In order to establish a low-carbon, smart transportation system, Korea is maximizing the use of the
existing transport facilities through ITS, which has significantly increased the capacity of roads by
combining high-tech roads and automobiles through IT technologies. It has also significantly
improved traffic flows through the use of "hi-pass" on expressways.
In addition, by establishing an integrated, land, sea, and air transport information center at the
national level, it has become possible to provide real-time transport information and to control
traffic flows.
Mr. Chairman,
The Republic of Korea is committed to playing a role in the international community?s shift
towards a sustainable and eco-friendly, low-carbon transport system.
In this regard, Korea is actively participating in inter-governmental cooperation in the international
community, such as the Asian Highway and Trans-Asian Railway (TAR) construction projects
led by UNESCAP, the preparation of measures to address climate change in the international
private aviation sector through ICAO, and various international agreements sought by the IMO
Mr. Chairman,
CSD18 is a unique opportunity to deal with sustainable transportation. We look forward to
embracing this chance for more productive dialogue to build on previous successes.
Thank you very much for your attention.