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This final session of the 2007 Monaco Dialogues is being given over to presentations and discussions of a set of issues of highest urgency - that of the ongoing process of climate modification and global warming that is threatening many aspects of life on this planet, and the now incontestable link to human activity. And is now well established, most of this pollution is occurring in, around and because of our cities all over the world. And of this total, the transport sector is responsible for a very large part. Thus if we are to make any headway at all in the ecological challenges that our present transport arrangements are posing, one of the first places we have to start to address them is in our cities.
So, we have to make major reductions in air pollution from transport, and moreover we have to find ways of achieving this in record-breaking time. This is by no means and easy process however. At the same time we have to accomplish all this ecological housekeeping in ways which do not sacrifice the economy nor the social and life quality aspects of our cities. In its way this three part challenge is very much a problem not only of technology and organization, but also one of politics, leadership and communications.
In one way at least we are very lucky, since of all the sectors that make up our cities it is in the ways that we get around in our cities where there is most room for improvement. The simple fact is that the entire sector is hopelessly promiscuous in its present configurations, we have so many vehicles hurtling around almost empty and that in places where space is at a premium. This is the problem - but it is also our opportunity. So as will be seen, it is this high level of systemic inefficiency and the space issues which hold out vital clues as to how we can begin to make major headway on our streets and in our lives.
In this closing session of the 2007 Monaco Dialogues, we shall be looking closely at the plans and intentions of two very important, recent, on-going programs that have set out to engender and support very large improvements in this area: the Clinton Climate Initiative and the Large Cities Climate Leadership Group
We have to reduce about 80% of our greenhouse
The Clinton Climate Initiative in collaboration with the Large Cities Climate Leadership Group is giving high priority to the city transport improvement agenda, and have decided to target major reductions in CO2 and fossil fuels in the years immediately ahead, and starting now.
For further background on these programs, and on the forming-up New Mobility Agenda support initiatives, you are invited to click here. Further information on these programs, their targeting and support will be made available here in the week ahead.
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