UITP’s advocacy goal is to create and foster a policy environment that is supportive to the public transport sector. Realising the opportunity that Habitat III brings to public transport worldwide, UITP has been involved in the process from the very beginning, and will carry on being a partner throughout the implementation phase of the New Urban Agenda.
At the start of the process, UITP responded to several online consultations and questionnaires, laying out the case for public transport as an integral part of sustainable urban development. Throughout the preparations, the Habitat III process has been open, inviting contributions from wide array of experts and stakeholders involved in urban matters, alongside the traditional contributions from the national governments.
In September 2014, when the first Habitat III Preparatory Committee (PrepCom1) was organised in New York, UITP participated in open consultations, with the task team, national governments and other stakeholders. During PrepCom1 UITP organised a side event promoting the economic benefits of public transport, which was well-attended by Member States. Using PrepCom1 as an opportunity to reinforce its credentials as a committed partner to the NUA, UITP was then selected among the pool of experts to play a role in the rest of the process. When the ten Policy Units were constituted, UITP was assigned to co-lead the PU9 dealing with Urban Services and Technology, and to provide input in PU7 dealing with Urban Economic Development Strategies. This recognition reflects the success of the advocacy work, which is a main priority for UITP.
While the work of the Policy Units has formally ended with the submission of the documents to the UN Habitat task team in February 2016, the open process of consultation and stakeholder engagement continues, leading up to and beyond the Conference in Quito.
Mircea Steriu, UITP (left), formally presents Policy Paper 9 to Dr. Joan Clos, Habitat III Secretary General (centre), and Maryse Gauthier, France, co-chair of the Conference Bureau (right). Photo credit: UN Habitat III Secretariat.
During the European Habitat regional meeting, held in Prague in March 2016, UITP, together with the co-leads of the other policy units, met with the government representatives on the Bureau in order to deliver main policy messages. Furthermore, UITP was represented in the plenary sessions of the European Habitat, thus contributing to the Prague Declaration which was adopted by the UNECE governments.
In April 2016, just before the publication of the Zero-draft document for Habitat III, UITP chaired a panel within the open-ended informal consultations, which brought together the experts from the Policy Units and national delegations. Click here to read more about the consultations in New York.
During the Habitat III Conference UITP actively promoted the benefits urban mobility brings to cities worldwide by participating in the Special Session on Transport and Mobility.
UITP, which co-chaired the policy unit responsible for much of the transport text in the adopted New Urban Agenda document, issued four recommendations for following through on urban mobility commitments:
- the integration of urban design and policy
- the increase of public transport services
- the management of private car use
- the procurement of adequate funds for needed services
Additionally, UITP spoke at the Networking Event launching the Quito Action Plan on Sustainable Urban Mobility (QAPSUM) together with the Partnership On Sustainable Low Carbon Transport SLoCaT.
Furthermore, UITP co-chaired the high-level Urban Dialogue on Urban Services and Technology, together with the German Association of Cities.
As a highly regarded stakeholder in the Habitat III process, UITP will also be looking forward to contribute to the legacy of the Habitat III Conference, working with its members, with authorities at all levels and other stakeholders to translate the political momentum from Quito into better urban livelihoods. In the aftermath of Habitat III, UITP will continue to highlight the value public transport adds to urban areas, and focus its advocacy on creating a supportive framework for integrating urban design and policy.