The first ever Global Conference on Sustainable Transport gets underway in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on the 26th of November.
The two day event has been convened by the United Nations’ Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, and will likely be attended by nearly 1,500 participants from across the world, including heads of state and government, ministers, civil society leaders and UN officials.
The Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will lead the country’s delegation at this summit, which will “engage in a dialogue that emphasizes the integrated and cross-cutting nature of sustainable transport and its multiple roles in supporting the achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).”
These goals were agreed upon in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that was decided in 2015.
All modes of transport – road, rail, aviation, ferry and maritime – will be addressed at the event.
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On the sidelines of the summit, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will also hold a bilateral meeting with the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
According to a statement from the Foreign Ministry, “The meeting will provide a valuable opportunity to review the decisions taken during the two visits of the Prime Minister to Turkmenistan in 2015 and the Turkmen President’s visit to Pakistan in March 2016, as well as exchange views on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.”