The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, is urging the world’s transport ministers to accelerate efforts to combat climate change and “find new green solutions”.
Addressing the International Transport Forum annual meeting in Leipzig by video message he said,“I urge all of you to accelerate your efforts, it is time to reshape the world’s transport systems for a cleaner, safer and more sustainable future.”
Ban called sustainable transport “a common thread” linking the upcoming UN Summit in September in New York and the COP21 climate change conference in Paris in December. In New York, world leaders will define a post-2015 development agenda. In Paris, governments will seek to agree on concrete actions to limit the effects of global warming.
Transport ministers are discussing mitigating transport-related climate change impacts of trade and tourism during the ministerial session of the Leipzig Summit. They are working on a joint declaration.