WELCOME FROM THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

The International Center for Transport Diplomacy (ICTD) was created to contribute to the implementation of UN Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 in transport related sectors and appropriate  UN Declarations, Resolutions and other recommendations, such as the Ashgabat Statement on Commitments and Policy Recommendations.  As stated in the SDG 4, education is a fundamental human right and is indispensable for the achievement of sustainable development.
Hence,  ICTD was created to work with educational institutions, government agencies and corporate executives as well as the UN and other multilateral  institutions, in order to achieve maximum positive economic, environmental and social impact in education related to Transport Diplomacy.  More specifically, ICTD aims to substantially increase the supply of qualified  specialists in the areas of Transport Diplomacy, including through international cooperation for teacher training, curriculum development and instruction, sustainable not only for the developed countries, but also to be offered in developing countries, especially Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.
ICTD strives to establish relationships with government entities and higher education institutions to improve education curricula to better align with business needs including responsible management; create programs (e.g., internships, work-study programs, traineeships, etc.) that give students earlier access to the corporate environment; provide employees with continuous opportunities to improve their job skills for their current and future employment.


In addition, in order to achieve its goals, ICTD is developing cost-effective education products and services that eliminate barriers to access and improve the quality of learning that will ensure learning environments that are clean and safe for all. 

As the leading institution with the focus on Transport Diplomacy, ICTD supports and planning to be involved in all areas of transport policy, such as the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020,  the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference and the Paris Agreement,  the designation by The United Nations of June 3 as the  World Bicycle Day.
ICTD also supports and welcomes creation of Sustainable Mobility for All,™ a new and strategic global initiative that will support the implementation of the SDGs and transform the sector and will seek to work closely with businesses in the transport industry to identify best practices that promote global education and development objectives and win-win outcomes for both governments and businesses and disseminates these best practices widely.

When UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in August 2015, they committed to an ambitious set of objectives embodied in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While transport was not identified as a stand-alone goal, it finds relevance in each goal. However, the following stand out as being particularly important to the objective of establishing a strong, viable and implementable sustainable transport agenda for the future: 

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relevant to sustainable transport and education: 
 
SDG Goal 4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.


4.7 By 2030, ensure all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including among others through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship, and appreciation of cultural diversity and of cultures contribution to sustainable development

SDG Goal 9 Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation 
 
Target 9.1 Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all
 
SDG Goal 11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
 
Target 11.2 By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons
 
SDG Goal 17 Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
 
Target 17.16 Enhance the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries, in particular developing countries
 
Target 17.17 Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society Partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships