Review of developments in transport in Asia and the Pacific 2013

Transport as a key to sustainable development and regional integration

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This review is biennially produced by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). It describes the environment within which the transport sector is developing and the principal challenges that this environment poses to governments, the transport industry and society at large. The publication also focuses on tracing the significant development of roads, railways, shipping, ports, inland waterways and air transport industries and infrastructure in the region. In addition, it considers the changing delivery mechanisms across all transport sectors and discusses urban transport issues. Finally, the review examines the process of globalization, trade agreements related to transport, regionalism, collocation of production transport facilities, as well as intermodal transport systems.




This Review is published at an important time for future policy and planning of transport investments. Transport accounts for around 60 per cent of all fossil fuels used on the planet, around 30 per cent of all energy use and an estimated 23 per cent of global CO2 emissions. To reduce these negative externalities, we need regional solutions today that will support sustainable development, solutions which are fuel efficient and which reduce pollution, congestion, accidents, and deaths on the roads, while meeting the needs of business, people and our planet.


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