Friday, 21 January 2011

United Nations agencies have launched a regional initiative in eastern Africa to help promote the use of sustainable urban transport in the capital cities of Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

Two United Nations agencies have launched a regional initiative in eastern Africa to help promote the use of sustainable urban transport in the capital cities of Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.
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A busy street in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The project, launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), will support the efforts of national and local governments in Addis Ababa, Nairobi and Kampala to develop and apply strategies for better public transport services, improved infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists and travel demand measures, such as parking management or plans to reduce the need for motorized travel in metropolitan areas.
Start-up meetings - attended by senior government officials, stakeholders from the public transit industry, representatives of development institutions and local universities - were held in Nairobi, Kampala and Addis Ababa.
In his remarks at the Nairobi meeting, the Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Dr. Joan Clos, welcomed the new initiative and emphasized that sustainable urban mobility is critical for successful cities.

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