Welcome to the Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP)
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific hosted the Regional Expert Group Meeting on Policy Options for Sustainable Transport Development on 27-29 Nov 2013 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. Government representatives and transport experts from about 20 countries and non-governmental organizations participated in the event. GIZ contributed with two inputs in the sessions on sustainable urban tansport and sustainable ports. For the former, the focus was on the combination of smart land-use and transport planning showcased by the car-free/car-reduced housing areas in Tübingen and Freiburg, Germany. Comprehensive overviews on these schemes have been published by GIZ-SUTP and are available for download here and here. The second presentation introduced the project Sustainable Port Development in the ASEAN region (www.sustainableport.org), implemented by GIZ on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The event concluded with a study tour to the Ansan Traffic Control Center, the Seoul-Hannam “BRT light” bus line, and a pedestrian and recreational area in downtown Seoul, which had been established by tearing down an elevanted inner-urban highway (see also the related SUTP case study)
The latest report on road safety published by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Global Status Report 2013, has revealed that the total number of people worldwide dying each year due to road accidents has touched 1.24 million. About 10 percent of these worldwide road accidents fatalities happen in India. Over the last decade (2001-2011), over 1.2 million people have died due to road accidents all over the country. Road accidents have accounted for over 37% (139,091) deaths in 2012 – an increase from 35% (82,262) deaths in 2001. Finding from the data released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) under the Home Ministry have highlighted road accidents to be one of the biggest cause of un-natural deaths happening in India. An online newspaper article provides more details.
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