International Stakeholders Endorse Ashgabat Statement Supporting Cleaner, Greener Transportation, as Sustainable Transport Conference Concludes


ASHGABAT, 27 November — As the first ever Global Sustainable Transport Conference concluded today, representatives of more than 50 countries endorsed the Ashgabat Statement on Commitments and Policy Recommendations, with a view to supporting cleaner, greener transportation, from local transit systems to worldwide multimodal networks.

Rashid Meredov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, said the Conference had heard about successful projects and innovative ideas being developed.  Recommendations would guide future efforts, he said.

By the Ashgabat Statement, participants stressed the need to promote the integration of science, technology and innovation into sustainable transport systems by tapping into technological opportunities in the decades to come to bring about fundamental, transformative changes to transport systems.  That included through the use of energy-efficient technology, as well as information and communications technology, and called for strengthening capacity-building support to developing countries.  They also welcomed stakeholders who had developed and launched sustainable transport initiatives, and called on all stakeholders to continue to seek collaborative partnerships for new, innovative, sustainable transport paradigms.