Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Nov. 26
By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:
The first-ever Global Sustainable Transport Conference, convened under the auspices of the United Nations, kicked off in Ashgabat Nov. 26.
The event is attended by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Signing of several international conventions and agreements is expected during the conference.
A broad range of issues are on the conference agenda. They include sustainable transportation, environmental change, city transport system and transport communication between cities and villages, financing the transportation sector, international cooperation in transportation, development of multilateral transport corridors and infrastructure, as well as road safety.
The global conference is being held in accordance with the UN resolution adopted at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in December 2015.
Ashgabat is involved in several large-scale projects. The Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran and Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan railways, road and rail bridges across the Amu Darya River, as well as theTurkmenbashi International Seaport, are to become the important links in the international network of transport communications in the region.
“Turkmenistan’s favorable geographical position determines its growing status as an important transit and transport hub of regional and continental importance,” the Turkmen state news agency Dovlet Habarlary earlier said in its commentary.