Climate Action with Public Transport
The Presidencies of the COP23 and COP24 climate talks, which are held at the end of each year, have embarked on a year-long global consultation process for achieving greater climate action. Called the ‘Talanoa Dialogue’, it will provide the opportunity for countries, cities, the business sector, investors and civil society to assess progress made towards achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change and share ideas, recommendations and information that can contribute towards increasing ambition under the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The outcomes of these discussions will feed into the COP24 climate change talks which will highlight solutions that will allow countries to be more ambitious on climate change.
UITP Dakar Dialogue
UITP held the first official Talanoa Dialogue in the transport sector in Dakar, Senegal, in April 2018, which resulted in the UITP Dakar Dialogue which stresses the need for countries to develop a clear roadmap on transport that includes the promotion and development of efficient and sustainable public transport systems. It also stresses the need to build closer cooperation between national governments and those delivering action on the ground.
Global Climate Action Partnership
The Paris Agreement established a dedicated partnership mechanism, termed the Marrakesh Partnership, to establish a durable connection between the UN climate processes, countries and a select set of collaborative actions. These organisations serve as primary drivers for progress within core thematic areas and their efforts will again be showcased at COP24 as a solution.
UITP’s Declaration on Climate Leadership is an officially recognised collaborative action under the Marrakesh Partnership. It demonstrates the sector’s support to double the market share of public transport by 2025 and pledged over 350 projects to climate action in over 80 cities around the world.
The UITP Declaration will help to inform the COP24 Dialogue in that by demonstrating implementation of the projects pledged, it will show that climate action with public transport is possible and a key solution to tackling emissions in the transport sector. It will also help demonstrate that UITP can support national ambition and implementation on public transport which will allow countries to be more ambitious on climate change in support of the Paris Agreement.
Read the UITP Sustainability Charter and find the full list of UITP Sustainability Charter signatories!
Download previous studies:
- Climate Action and Public Transport: Analysis of Planned Actions (2014)
- 2015 Climate Action Report
- 2016 Climate Action Report on Implementation
- Philip Turner, UITP Sustainable Development Manager, email@example.com