The fourth session of the United Nations Economic Commisssion on Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP) Committee on Transport took place on 15-17 October 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Committee session reviewed national, sub-regional and regional progress in transport, and to discuss the ways to address common challenges and potential for future direction of the secretariat’s work. The Committee culminated with outcomes significant for the future programme focus to support the post-2015 development agenda, that may lead towards the realization of an international integrated intermodal transport and logistics system in the region.
The representative of the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) informed the Committee that the notion of “green freight” had been receiving increased attention due to its potential to provide win-win transport and logistics solutions offering cost savings to shippers through higher energy efficiency, while reducing the level of greenhouse gas emissions. The Committee noted the interest of GIZ in collaborating with the secretariat and other development partners to enhance operational connectivity in the region. The Committee also took note of the activities that were being implemented under the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport, which had been established to push for the integration of sustainable transport issues into global agenda discussions, such as the Open Working Group of the General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals.
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