Review of Developments in Transport in Asia and the Pacific 2015

Transport for Sustainable Development and Regional Connectivity

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This latest biennial Review sets out transport developments in the ESCAP region, focusing ontrade trends and forecasts, and their effect on transport, while also taking into account the external factors affecting transport systems and infrastructure provision, in the context of transport’s contribution the UN global agenda on sustainable development. The Review acts as a mechanism for reporting on the achievements made in the provision of transport infrastructure and services; the challenges remaining in regional, urban and rural connectivity; and on public health issues such as road safety and fossil fuel emissions.



Rural transport

Most of the region’s poor do not have access to safe and affordable means of transport. This deficit is particularly acute in rural areas, where a large proportion of the inhabitants have to travel a long distance to reach a road or railway. Transport infrastructure and services play a critical role in reducing rural poverty, in addition to facilitating access to schools, medical clinics, hospitals, cultural and religious institutions, and other facilities. There are many ways in which transport has enabled, or hindered, the drive to reduce poverty.


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