This September, the ADB Transport Forum will assemble the leading minds in transport and international development for a series of high-level policy debates, deep-dive technical sessions and thought-provoking talks and presentations. Our theme this year is Sustainable Transport for All — how to make transport available for everyone in Asia and the Pacific and how to make it affordable, accessible, safe and green.
Sustainable Transport for All is the world’s new ambition for transport, as reflected in the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. Now is the time to chart our course of action. Countries need to invest in sustainable transport systems and put in place the right policies, institutions, and technologies and capacities. To implement these, international development support for transport needs to be reshaped and a new institutional architecture needs to be considered.
Asia and the Pacific will be pivotal in mainstreaming sustainable transport. The region is home to majority of the world’s population and has the largest challenges in terms of poverty, pollution and climate change. Providing sustainable transport for all will be essential for tackling each of these urgent issues.