Transport's power of inclusiveness
ITF Secretary-General Young Tae Kim stressed transport's role as a driver of inclusiveness in society during the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Committee on Transport Fifth Session in Bangkok, Thailand, held on 19-20 November. "Transport itself is not an objective. It's not a final goal. It can be a great tool to bring welfare to society", Secretary-General Kim said.
Mr Kim introduced ITF work on connectivity, gender, sustainability, road safety and shared mobility to the Committee. He also expressed ITF's interest in the expansion of membership in Asia. During his address, Mr Kim also made the Committee aware of the ITF 2019 Summit theme "Transport Connectivity for Regional Development" and of the ITF Urban Sustainable Mobility in ASEAN Cities Workshop, also taking place in Bangkok on 21 November. Young Tae Kim also held bilateral talks with UNESCAP Executive Secretary Armida Alisjahbana (photo).
The Committee is debating the significant contribution that sustainable transport can make to society in its effort to attain the targets set out in the 2030 Development Agenda. The Commission will also focus on aspects of transport policies and initiatives to move towards more sustainable forms of transport. It will also provide member States and associate members of UNESCAP with a forum to exchange views and discuss matters of strategic importance to meet major requirements in the transport sector.