Poorest countries face "obstacles" to realize sustainable transport

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The world's poorest countries face "particular obstacles" in realizing sustainable transport according to a senior UN official.

Gyan Chandra Acharya was speaking at the first-ever United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan.

Daniel Dickinson has more details.

The conference has been looking at how the transport sector can advance sustainable development with poverty eradication at its core, whilst promoting economic growth, and bolstering the fight against climate change.

Speaking on the final day of the conference in the Turkmen capital Ashgabat Gyan Chandra Acharya, a UN High Representative focusing on the needs of the poorest countries (UN-OHRLLS), said that sustainable transport is a challenge for all countries.

But he added that countries in special situations, including the least developed and landlocked developing countries and small island developing states, "face particular obstacles."

The challenges faced by those countries, where an estimated 1.1 billion people live, include high transport costs, restricted access to the sea, limited air service for passengers and cargo as well as difficulties securing investments and partnerships to build or improve transport systems.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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