Public transport increases urban competitiveness

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As the world’s cities grow ever larger, one of the main challenges they will face is urban mobility. This was one of the key messages of the 5th United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) World Congress, held 12-15 October in Bogota, Colombia.

The speakers present at the event – including the mayor of host-city Bogota, the president of Istanbul, and Joan Clos, the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), agreed that public transport would be a principal part in achieving better quality of life and economic competitiveness in cities.

During the summit, UITP hosted a special session followed by a panel discussion involving the mayors of Mannheim, Germany and Mostoles, Spain. Among the several points made, UITP stressed the five undeniable benefits that public transport contributes to urban areas: economic strength, human capital, physical capital, global appeal and a higher quality of life. Additionally, during the panel session, the role of these benefits in attracting businesses to areas with good public transport connections, was also highlighted.

In addition to its participation in the UCLG congress, UITP continues its involvement with the New Urban Agenda that will be agreed on during the UN-Habitat III Conference from 17 to 20 October.

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