TURKMENISTAN / SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT WRAP

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On the opening day of the first-ever United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference in Turkmenistan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon extended his “deepest condolences” over the passing of Cuban President Fidel Castro. Ban underscored the important role sustainable transport plays in advancing the Paris agreement on climate change. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 26 NOVEMBER 2015 ASHGABAT, TURKMENISTAN

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1. Wide shot, conference centre
2. Wide shot, press conference dais
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“On behalf of the United Nations, I extend my deepest condolences to the Cuban people and to the family of former President Fidel Castro Ruz, particularly to President Raul Castro Ruz. At this time of national mourning, I offer the support of the United Nations to work alongside the people of the island. I vividly recall meeting the former President Fidel Castro when I visited Cuba in January 2014. It was a lively discussion that covered developments around the world as well as sustainable development and climate change. Under former President Castro, Cuba made advances in the fields of education, literacy and health. I hope Cuba will continue to advance on a path of reform and greater prosperity. Thank you. Muchas gracias.”
4. Wide shot, conference hall
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“This conference should confront the many challenges to sustainability when it comes to transport. This sector is responsible for nearly a quarter of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. And that is expected to substantially increase in the future. Without action on the transportation front, we will not be able to limit global warming."
6. Med shot, delegates
7. Wide shot, conference hall
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Road accidents claim about one and a quarter million lives every year. The vast majority - nine out of ten - are in developing countries."
9. Med shot, people listening
10. Various shots, "family photo" of heads of state and delegations with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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On the opening day of the first-ever United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference in Turkmenistan on Saturday (26 Nov) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon extended his “deepest condolences” over the passing of Cuban President Fidel Castro.

Ban highlighted Cuba’s “advances in the fields of education, literacy and health” under Castro, and expressed hope that “Cuba will continue to advance on a path of reform and greater prosperity.’

At the opening of the deliberations on sustainable transport, Ban underscored the important role sustainable transport plays in advancing the Paris agreement on climate change.

He said that “without action on the transportation front, we will not be able to limit global warming."
Transport also has significant public health impacts.”

The Secretary-General noted that “road accidents claim about one and a quarter million lives every year. The vast majority - nine out of ten - are in developing countries."

The conference concluded on Sinday (27 Nov) anchoring sustainable transport firmly into the United Nations global sustainable
development agenda.The central message from the conference was that greater investment in greener, more sustainable transport systems is essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The two-day Conference was attended by three Heads of State, one Head of Government, 6 Deputy Prime Ministers, 2 Foreign Ministers, 42 Ministers and Vice-Ministers of transport and infrastructure. Some 200 business and civil society representatives, along with representatives of over 20 intergovernmental organisations and the UN entities participated in the event.
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