The UN article says that transportation industry experts both from academia and the international organisation agreed that adapting transport infrastructure to extreme weather events due to climate change is a high priority.
The experts met at a Geneva UNCTAD conference, with the theme, “Climate Change Adaptation for International Transport: Preparing for the Future” in April 2019.
The article cited some extreme weather events, such as the one that disrupted an airport and affected eight thousand passengers in Japan, a hurricane that affected the GDP and economy in the Dutch island of St. Maarten and other Caribbean islands. It recognises that the transport sector is both a culprit of climate change and its victim as well.
The article mentions the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its recent climate change reports warns for more extreme climate events to come.
These extreme climate events pose a growing risk to transportation infrastructure, especially those located in coastal areas, affecting the global economy, particularly small island developing states (SIDS).
The article urges the transport sector to act now on climate adaptation that is consistent with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, a holistic approach that integrates climate resilience and involving all stakeholders in the transportation sector.
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