Freight transport underpins trade and its competitiveness and is essential for market access, connectivity and economic integration. With the year 2015 being a decisive year for global sustainable development and climate policy, thefreight transport sector is at a critical juncture as it has a new opportunity to reiterate its strategic importance as an economic sector in its own right as well as underscore its potential to also generate value in terms of economic viability, social equity, resource conservation and environmental protection.In this context, the expert meeting considered relevant issues challenging the sustainability of freight transport and identified approaches and instruments used to implement sustainable practices in freight transport. Examples of national experiences and industry-led initiatives were presented for illustrative purposes and to help formulate some best practices and lessons. The financial implications of implementing sustainable freight transport systems was also discussed while exploring potential new sources of finance and the role of the private sector, notably through public–private partnerships and other innovative financing schemes in enabling sustainable freight transport systems. Deliberations at the meeting aimed to inter alia:
It is hoped that expert discussions at the meeting helped generate insight and formulate conclusions and a way forward in light of the new post-2015 development agenda and the future climate change agreement under the UNFCCC COP21.
Participation at the meeting was open to experts from government, industry, academia, nominated by member states, as well as IGOs and UNCTAD accredited NGOs. For more information on the event contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 14, 2015 - October 16, 2015
Room XXVI, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland