Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Ban backs bikes for Rio+20

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has highlighted the important role cycling can play in sustainable transport strategies, ahead of the Rio+20 conference.
“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,” Mr Ban said.

About 40 UN ambassadors took part in the event at UN headquarters in New York. Other speakers included the Executive Coordinator of Rio+20, Brice Lalonde; Yamina Djacta, Deputy Secretary General of UN Habitat; and Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City Transport Commissioner.

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