Do the MDGs oil the wheels for sustainable transport solutions?
In the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Review on Transport and Logistics, Teperdijan of Fleet Forum, the first independent knowledge center focused on humanitarian fleets within the aid and development community said. “The MDGs lay out a plan, a set of goals, but they did not address the means by which to achieve them. This can only be described as a missed opportunity”. Teperdijan makes a good point, but is it a fair one?
She asserts that if MDG1 (end poverty and hunger) is to be achieved, more sustainable industry is necessary in low and middle income countries. Increased industry requires an increased number of vehicles which exacerbates the already serious safety and environmental impacts. Teperdjan points out that “poor safety and negative environmental impacts means MDGs 4, 5 and 7 that deal with health and the environment will be challenged.”
Poor fleet management and increased vehicle numbers affect the environment and global health. “So the global problems worsen, aid agencies and governments need to do more, to do more they require more vehicles, and more money then gets directed to operational costs instead of directly to those in need.” And yet transport is never mentioned within the framework of the MDGs.
Natalie Teperdijan will be joined by Tracy A. Badcock from the Shelter Alliance, Jeff Wade from Fleet Management Solutions and RMA Group’s Phil Jones on Thursday July 22 to discuss issues around transport in delivering international aid, relief and development projects at this year’s Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) at the Walter E. Washington Center in Washington D.C. Topics for discussion will include fleet management practices and the impact of fleets on the environment; how to achieve effective transport with smaller NGOs; awareness needed for more efficient transportation as well as enhanced safety and managing fuel emission programs based on US government case studies.
Now in its fifth year, this event is a worthwhile opportunity for the aid, relief and development sector to network, build partnerships and address global humanitarian and development challenges, as well as showcasing goods and services to those who are responsible for delivery.
Registration is free to non-commercial organizations. More information, including the workshop agenda, speaker and exhibitor lists and registration details can be found at www.aidforumonline.org
Aid & International Development Forum 2010 partners include InterAction, USAID, Fleet Forum, the IPOA, World Bank Publications and RedR UK.
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