For a better urban future: UITP and UN-Habitat sign new MoU

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Keeping up with our efforts to promote and foster the role of urban mobility and public transport in the global achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we are proud to announce that UITP has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in the context of the UN-Habitat Assembly.

As the coordinating agency within the United Nations System for human settlement activities working in collaboration with governments, UN-Habitat is responsible for promoting and consolidating collaboration with all partners – including local authorities and private and non-governmental organisations – in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

By entering into this MoU, UN-Habitat and UITP wish to strengthen their cooperation and pursue their joint efforts to bring support to urban areas to develop sustainable urban mobility, with a focus on public transport.

Both organisations have agreed to collaborate on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular by advocating the “fundamental role of public transport in building inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable human settlements through implementation of SDG 11 and its associated targets”. In the past, UN-Habitat has received support from UITP on developing a framework for monitoring progress on the Transport Target of SDG 11 (Target 11.2).

As part of their agreement, UN-Habitat and UITP will jointly collaborate on “advisory services, peer review, trainings and market dialogues to support sustainable urban mobility” and work together on the elaboration of a “Decalogue for successful land use and mobility strategies oriented towards decision makers at relevant events, such as the World Urban Forum and UN-Habitat Assembly”.

The MoU also includes collaboration on “capacity building on public transport reporting linked to the SDGs” and the provision of recommendations to the UN Statistical Commission, as well as advocacy and knowledge publications linked to SDG 11.

In this regard, we are delighted to announce our collaboration with United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) on the creation of a new policy paper on Mobility and the SDGs, which aims at raising awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals and their relevance to public transport.

This paper focuses particularly on SDG 11 as the lynchpin of the localisation process of the SDGs, “a strategic attempt to include the local dimension and perspective in all phases of the policymaking process”. Recommendations include the integration of subnational perspectives into national SDG strategies and the need for the implementation of SDGs to be monitored and reported at the local level in order to improve the availability of data.

Download our policy paper on Mobility and the SDGs here!

Read more about our MoU with UN-Habitat in our official press release!

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