RIO+20, RIO 20+
Rio+20 Negotiations and Transport
SLoCaT Press Statement
Leading representatives of the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) issued a statement regarding the negotiations of the draft outcome of the global United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20.
UN-DESA – SLoCaT Issues Brief Sustainable Transport
To clarify the important role of transport in global sustainable development SLoCaT together with UN-DESA prepared an issues brief on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport in Emerging and Developing Economies. The transport sector is of particular relevance to the green economy theme of Rio+20 because of its potential for wide-ranging environmental, economic and social development benefits. However, for the transport sector to be able to make a significant contribution to the transition to a green economy it is important to have transport sector-specific Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development that will enable UN organizations and multilateral development banks supported by other stakeholders to take on a lead role in scaling-up effective sustainable, low carbon transport policies and interventions.
Climate change in Transport
Asia’s motorized transport emissions have become a significant contributor to the global problem of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that leads to climate change. In 2009, transport was responsible for 23% of global GHG emissions compared with 41% for energy. But by 2035 transport is expected to become the single largest GHG emitter accounting for 46% of global emissions, and by 2050 it is set to reach 80%. Emissions from transport are the fastest growing source of CO2 emissions, with the vast majority of projected increases expected to come from developing Asia. In 2006, Asia accounted for 19% of total worldwide transport–sector related CO2 emissions. By 2030, the share of Asia in total worldwide transport–sector related CO2 emissions will increase to 31%.
Pakistan among the most vulnerable countries facing climate risks
Thursday, 17 May 2012
Islamabad, Pakistan, 16 May 2012- Countries in Asia and the Pacific are at a crossroads and must now strike a balance between rising prosperity and rising emissions. Their success or failure will have repercussions worldwide, predicts Asia-Pacific Human Development Report launched here today.
Cambodian Self Help Demining is teaming with the the Mine Action Planning Unit, the government agency handling landmine education, to help fund a Mine Relief Education (MRE) program in Kompong Thom Province, in central Cambodia. This MRE program will be run by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
The program will concentrate on teaching children and adults the dangers of landmines and unexploded ordinance. Many of the injuries in Cambodian, and around the world, occur when civilians find ‘something’ in the ground and attempt to move it, or pick it up to see what it is. MRE programs teach people, especially children, to be suspicious of strange items in the ground and to seek assistance from qualified personnel rather than attempting to deal with the item themselves.
The number of landmines victims in Cambodia has dropped dramatically due to MRE programs around the nation. CSHD is proud to be a partner in this program.
CSHD is working every month to make this country a safer place for all. Its work can only be accomplished with your assistance.
In January the team cleared 2 farm fields in Battambang Province, removing over 600 PMN2 landmines.
That is more than we cleared in the first year of existence!
And it is only done because you are willing to help. In February we need to re-equip the team with new boots, hammocks, and field equipment. HUGS, a charity from Japan donated 60 uniforms to help the team.
Thank you for your continuing support.
Support Aki Ra’s work and make a difference in the world today.
You CAN make Cambodia safe. Some say clearing enough mines to make Cambodia safe is a dream; but it can be a dream come true.
It is up to you.
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