Dynamics of the Subway
Nice animated movie by Xaver Xylophon on the daily life of a rickshaw driver in Bangalore.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses UN Bike Ride in support of Rio+20. UN Photo
8 June 2012 –
United Nations officials, diplomats and and members of civil society organizations today took part in a bike ride, co-organized by the SLoCaT Partnership to highlight the benefits of bicycling as a sustainable urban transportation method.
Remarks by SG Ban Ki-moon.
I thank all the partners who have made this event possible. I wish I could ride, but I broke my steering wheel!
Ambassador Schaper, the Netherlands has long been very bicycle-friendly. Thank you for organizing this event with so many good friends of the United Nations.
Kenyans also know the value of bicycles. Thank you very much, Ambassador Kamau, for donating one of Nairobi’s bike taxis. We hope to display it here at United Nations Headquarters for all our visitors to see.
New York is our great host city – and a place where bike ridership continues to grow dramatically. Commissioner Sadik-Khan, you and Mayor Bloomberg are making the city that never sleeps the city that always bikes! I am very happy to know that when your new Bike Share system is launched next month, there will be bike stations here in our neighbourhood.
I would much rather see bicycles and bike-riders around here than the limousines, armoured SUVs and other gas-guzzling cars that we all use at the United Nations!
Maybe I should ask my security detail whether I can bike to work – but they would probably have a heart attack at the thought.
But of course, bikes do not give heart attacks – they prevent them.
Last year, in a speech on health, I mentioned that bikes are great for our bodies and for our planet. The next day, a blog called me “the world’s newest biking advocate”.
I like that title. And it is true that at the United Nations, we have added more bike racks since more staff are biking to work.
Bicycles are important, but they are just part of a bigger picture: our global efforts to achieve truly sustainable development.
Our challenge is to get the world to use renewable energy to power our trains, planes, buses and boats. This is especially important for cities.
More broadly, we need a cleaner, greener approach to development.
The upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, is our chance to agree on how to build the future we want – a future that is more equitable, more prosperous, and more respectful of the planet’s limited resources.
Let us have fun riding today. Bikes can help transport us to a better tomorrow.
Interview Cornie Huizenga, Joint Convener SLoCaT Partnership, by Patricia Chaves, UN Partnership Office
The best way to stay up to date on transport events at the Rio+20 Summit. Currently we expect to have about 20+ events!
The UN secretary-general’s new five-year action agenda identifies sustainable transport as one of five building blocks of sustainable development. Yet transport is virtually invisible in the initial framing of Rio+20, the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.
Carnegie hosted a panel of experts, including the UN’s Elisabeth Thompson, Polly Trottenberg of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Lawrence Gumbiner of the Bureau of Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, the World Bank’s Marc Juhel, Michael Replogle of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, Cornie Huizenga of the Partnership on Sustainable Transportation, and Gordon Feller from Cisco, to discuss how sustainable transportation policy can be incorporated into international agreements. Carnegie’s Dan Sperling moderated.