Transport for Sustainable Development

The Case of Inland Transport

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This study examines issues, progress and challenges in global efforts to achieve sustainable mobility of freight and people using inland modes of transport. While transport is a precondition for social and economic interactions, it has negative impacts (crashes, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions). The study identifies main challenges and opportunities to accelerate transition to sustainability. It promotes an understanding of the five defining dimensions of sustainable transport - accessibility, affordability, safety, security and environmental performance. It brings theoretical insights and best practices from around the world and maps similarities and differences among countries in their efforts towards sustainability.



United Nations international transport agreements and conventions

Transport is a key sector for sustainable development. It plays an essential role in the economic development and social well-being of countries but also has a major impact on the environment. As described in detail throughout this review, transport is indeed vital for the functioning of economic activities, for the production and distribution of goods, as well as for trade. It also plays a role in reducing imbalances between regions and for their integration. Transport affects the everyday lives of populations, their safety, their health and the environment. Governments have a major role in developing transport by developing infrastructures and establishing a regulatory framework within which transport services can develop efficiently and under the best possible conditions of safety and protection of the environment.


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