UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has challenged UITP members to show their climate leadership at September’s UN Climate Summit in New York: “I urge members of the International Association of Public Transport to bring bold pledges to the Summit”.
UITP presented the UITP Declaration of Climate Leadership to high level ministers and decision makers from across the globe at the Abu Dhabi UN Climate Ascent. The declaration calls on the UITP community to seize the opportunity to tackle climate change and calls on its members to show leadership by submitting their plans for concrete future actions to reduce emissions in their city and strengthen climate resilience. Actions could include projects to reduce business operational emissions or new transport projects that will bring about a modal shift. These commitments will be showcased at the Summit in September and will show how UITP members are making cities across the world better places to live and work through public transport. It will also reinforce UITP’s goal of doubling the sector’s share of the market by 2025.
Ban Ki-moon called on UITP members to “Innovate scale up, cooperate and deliver concrete action that can help close the emissions gap and put us on track to support a meaningful global climate agreement in 2015”.
Our responsibility to act
The UN Climate Summit 2014 will highlighting member’s efforts to help build competitive, low-carbon cities while stimulating the economy.
In closing the UN Ascent meeting, Helen Clark, administrator for the UN Development Programme and former Prime Minister of New Zealand singled out UITP’s initiative as a leading transport action area to be launched at the Summit. UITP hopes that the UN Secretary-General’s support and its members’ commitments will provide the inspiration to encourage the shift of investment to sustainable transport infrastructure in our cities.
- UITP members: Sign up to the declaration here and submit your plan of action.
CONTACT: Philip Turner, philip.turner(at)uitp.org