Adoption of new plan for sustainable transport in Africa

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Public transport system in Africa. UNEP Photo

A new framework that will set in motion Africa's sustainable transport transition has been adopted in Kenya, according to the UN Environment Programme, UNEP.

Over 42 countries from across the continent participated in the Africa Sustainable Transport Forum (ASFT) which aimed to implement concrete actions towards lower air pollution, more sustainable fuels, and better road safety.

UNEP findings show that in Kenya alone, rapid urbanization is projected to double Nairobi's car fleet in just six years, which could put the health of thousands of Kenyans at risk.

Air pollution is said to kill seven million people a year worldwide, four times the impact of HIV/AIDS and malaria together.

The new plan is expected to promote the use of low-emission non-motorized transport, encourage the development of quality public transport, and increase investment in clean technologies.

The UN says it will benefit health, the environment and overall sustainable development across the most rapidly urbanizing continent.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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