New York Shares Experience with Asia at the Better Air Quality (BAQ) Conference in Singapore

The Transport Commissioner of New York City, Janette Sadik-Khan, is set to speak during the BAQ Conference in Suntec Singapore on 9 November to share New York’s approach to city development that involves collaboration between government and stakeholders.

Some of the revolutionary measures initiated by Commissioner Sadik-Khan in New York City are transforming New York into a more livable city. She implemented an ambitious program to improve safety, mobility and sustainability throughout the city, including the maintenance of roads and bridges. Sustainable Streets, NYC Department of Transportations’ strategic plan, includes the first “Select Bus Service” routes, the NYC Plaza Program, the creation of Broadway Boulevard in midtown Manhattan, the addition of 200 miles of on-street bike lanes, car-free summer streets, and weekend pedestrian walks.

In January 2009, New York won the prestigious Sustainable Transport Award (http://www.st-award.org) for its achievements.

“There is a need for a total shift in city planning for the 2,500 cities in Asia, similar to what New York City has initiated under Commissioner Sadik-Khan, to significantly reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions,” says Sophie Punte, Executive Director of the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) Center, organizer of the BAQ Conference.

Over 600 participants are expected to attend BAQ 2010 in Singapore which is organized by CAI-Asia, in partnership with the National Environment Agency, Land Transport Authority, Singapore Tourism Board, Asian Development Bank and World Bank.

Aside from sustainable urban development, BAQ Conference also focuses on air quality and greenhouse gas management and impacts, transport systems including clean fuels and vehicles and emissions management from industries and other sources.

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About BAQ 2010
http://www.baq2010.org
Better Air Quality (BAQ) 2010 is organized by CAI-Asia in partnership with the National Environment Agency, Land Transport Authority, Singapore Tourism Board, Asian Development Bank and World Bank. The conference will run from 9 to 11 November at Suntec Singapore. BAQ Conference, held once every two years, is Asia’ s largest gathering of air quality stakeholders from government, civil society, private sector, academe and the international development community. Over 600 participants are expected to attend BAQ 2010 coming from over 35 countries from over 50 Asian cities to discuss strategies and initiatives to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Past BAQs have proven to influence policies, initiate new projects and establish partnerships towards better air quality management in Asia.

Press interviews for Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and key figures of the BAQ Conference is scheduled on 9 November, 12.00-12.30 at Meeting 307, Suntec Singapore.

About CAI-Asia
http://cleanairinitiative.org
CAI-Asia promotes better air quality and livable cities by translating knowledge to policies and actions that reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from transport, energy and other sectors. CAI-Asia is a registered UN Type II Partnership with almost 200 organizational members, eight Country Networks, and the CAI-Asia Center as its secretariat. It was established in 2001 by ADB, the World Bank and USAID as part of a global initiative that also includes Latin America and Sub Saharan Africa.

About the Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau
The Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau (SECB), part of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), is the lead government agency for the business events sector in Singapore. Its mission is to champion business travel and business events as key drivers of the tourism sector and enablers for cluster growth in Singapore. It also assists business event organisers, corporations and associations by providing comprehensive and impartial information on Singapore’s MICE facilities, incentive venues and industry partners. The SECB is a member of the BestCities Global Alliance, the world’s first and only convention bureau alliance with eight partners in five continents.

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