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UITP attends first UN Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport

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UITP attended the first UN high-level Advisory Group on sustainable transport in New York this week with UITP Secretary General, Alain Flausch, presenting the conclusions of the first meeting on behalf of the co-chairs to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.

“The future of cities around the world looks bleak if we do not start taking action on sustainable transport,” said Alain Flausch. “The High Level Advisory Group is ready to unlock the huge potential of sustainable transport to contribute to poverty alleviation, sustainable growth and sustainable urbanisation”.

Smart Cities: “Climate problems are local, they need local solutions”

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A “Smart City” refers to modern urban growth that places strong emphasis on technology as well as social and environmental capital in making cities productive and competitive.

This ‘environmental capital’ is one of the cornerstones that will drive future of our ever-expanding cities, but it’s also one of the elements most under threat.

UITP wants to remind policy-makers and the wider public that public transport has the means on the ground to mitigate climate catastrophe and to play a leading role in making cities of the future ‘smart’.

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