Transport decisions affect livelihoods and lifestyles: ESCAPListen /
The transport decisions of today will impact the livelihoods and lifestyles of tomorrow, according to Noeleen Heyzer, the head of the UN Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
Ms. Heyzer spoke at a three-day meeting of ESCAP's Committee on Transport which started in Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday.
She said transport can reduce poverty and drive growth and development, particularly in remote communities.
"There is a need to better connect our remote communities to social services, to growth and to opportunity. There is a need to improve urban–rural linkages and make our cities more liveable, more future oriented and more resilient."
The Bangkok meeting is discussing the cooperation needed in building an efficient and sustainable transport network for Asia and the Pacific.