Africa Sustainable Transport Forum (ASTF) 2014: Agenda & Proceedings
The SSATP, World Bank, UN-Habitat, UNEP and the Government of Kenya launched the Africa Sustainable Transport Forum (ASTF) to provide a platform for African stakeholders to learn, share, collectively commit and self-initiate an action framework to reduce congestion, climate emissions and improve road safety and health and accessibility for its citizens.
The goal of the forum was to facilitate dialogue across Africa on sustainable transport and work with countries to develop the ASTF Framework of action that reflects a common vision and a series of activities to achieve concrete results in the area of Sustainable Transport for Africa. This framework will act as the main reference for the African continent to contribute to the global goal of meeting the growing population’s transport needs sustainably.
The ASTF was attended by African Ministers responsible for Transport and Environment, technical experts from ministries responsible for Transport and Environment, civil society representatives, Regional Economic Communities, public and private sector organizations, and international development agencies and organizations. All these key decision and policy makers play a key role in driving the implementation of sustainable transport best practices, changes and solutions in Africa.
ASTF served as an opportunity to introduce sustainable transport and inclusive green growth into transport policies in Africa. Participants recognized that "the time is now" - to achieve cleaner, safer, more efficient transport solutions and improve accessibility for all.