The need for action on sustainable transport has never been more apparent than it is today. The world’s population is expected to reach a whopping 9.8 billion people by 2050, with about 70 percentof these people residing in cities.
Experts recommend measures to reduce traffic safety risk.
During the first week of September, a group of 20 EMBARQ specialists and international experts visited the Transoeste bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor in Rio de Janeiro to analyze the road safety conditions of the stations, the corridor, and its surrounding areas.
The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October every year as World Habitat Day. This year, World Habitat Day will be celebrated on 3 October 2011 and the Global Celebration will be hosted by the Government of Mexico in Aguascalientes. The idea is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all, to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat. The United Nations chose the theme Cities and Climate Change because climate change is fast becoming the preeminent development challenge of the 21st century. Indeed, no-one today can really foresee the predicament in which a town or city will find itself in 10, 20 or 30 years time.
Thousands are expected in the Aguascalientes Theatre on 3 October for the Global Observance of World Habitat Day. The event will have high level participation from global, regional and national entities representing the public and private sectors, academia and civil society organizations dealing sustainable urban development. Highlights include an award ceremony for presentations of the Habitat Scroll of Honour and Good Practices the World Habitat Awards and national best practices from Mexico. From 4-6 October, the University of Aguascalientes will hold a Congress where leading experts will discuss the World Habitat Day 2011 theme of Cities and Climate Change with over 500 students from Mexican and other global Universities.
Information will be used to improve road safety in the metropolitan area.
Lima and Callao’s Transport and Road Safety Council will use a format developed by EMBARQ Andino to create a similar database of traffic crashes for the Lima metropolitan area.
Sustainable transport and urban development reduces the risk of traffic fatalities and injuries.
Today marks the official launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety, a worldwide effort declared by the United Nations General Assembly to save 5 million lives over a ten-year period.
Online contest raises awareness about the public health benefits of sustainable urban development and transport.
WASHINGTON (March 18, 2011) – A new online competition, Active Cities, Healthy Cities, was launched today to raise awareness of cities in Latin America and the Caribbean dedicated to sustainable transport, the environment, and creating a healthy lifestyle for their citizens.
Organized by the Brazilian Association of Automotive Engineering (AEA), the seminar aims to find solutions to problems that afflict large cities. Industry and technical experts will discuss vehicle safety and security.
Guadalajara Launches Macrobús
Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa and Jalisco Governor Emilio Gonzalez Marquez unveiled the first line of the city’s new bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Guadalajara on March 11, as part of the state government’s effort to provide a high-quality solution to congestion and air pollution.
An event on Bus Rapid Transit, safety and security, and climate change
This year EMBARQ, the World Bank, CAI-Asia, CAI-Latin America, and the Asian Development Bank will host Transforming Transportation, a multi-day event featuring transport and planning experts from around the world. This year's event focuses on three topics: Bus Rapid Transit, safety and security, and climate change.
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