Bridging the Gap: Addressing Mobility Needs as a means to achieve the health related MDGs
The Eighteenth Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 18) held in New York focused on the review of barriers and constraints in implementation, lessons learned and best practices on the issues of the thematic cluster: transport, chemicals, waste management, mining and sustainable consumption and production patterns.Transport was previously discussed during the CSD9. Although the CSD is not a legally binding process and its relevance is under scrutiny, it is still the only institutional platform within the UN system where transport can be dealt with on its own to improve international co-operation and policy co-ordination.
To maximise this opportunity to highlight issues relating to rural transport and development IFRTD organised a side event in collaboration with AFCAP and Transaid. The focus of the side event was to highlight the role of mobility in the achievement of the health related MDGs. The event called “Bridging the gap: addressing mobility needs as a means to achieve the health related MDGs” was held during the first day of the meeting. Kate Molesworth, on behalf of IFRTD, presented the main findings and remaining challenges that the Mobility and Health international networked research programme had identified; Jeff Turner highlighted the need for research referring to a recent collaborative initiative to address key issues around emergency transport to prevent maternal and neo-natal mortality in Africa. Finally Gary Forster from Transaid shared important aspects of their practical experience on these issues.
Click here to read more about IFRTDs participation in the CSD 18.
Download Presentations from the Side Event:
Kate Molesworth - Powerpoint 8.4 MB (Large file)
Transaid - Powerpoint 1.2 MB
AFCAP - Powerpoint 778 KB
Transport and Sustainable Development - Powerpoint 3.5 MB (large file)
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