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Making partnerships, building progress: UITP and ICLEI promote sustainable, accessible and safe mobility

04/05/2020
  • Climate
  • Sustainability
  • Urban development
  • Urban mobility
Working side-by-side is a natural choice for UITP and ICLEI.

Working alongside other organisations allows UITP to promote sustainable, safe and accessible mobility: the collective aim of our sector.

UITP has formalised our partnership with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, with the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the ambition to build a long-standing collaboration between cities and the public transport sector.

Working with ICLEI, we will promote sustainable, accessible, safe and efficient urban and interurban mobility aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the new Urban Agenda and the Paris Agreement.

This new agreement opens up opportunities for both UITP and ICLEI to enhance capacity building opportunities for cities and public transport activities, as well as the joint implementation of projects and policies aimed at delivering sustainable urban mobility.

With a worldwide network of more than 1800 members in 100 counties, UITP is the only association of its kind to bring together all public transport stakeholders and sustainable urban transport.

Having a global network of more than 1,750 local and regional Governments committed to sustainable urban development, ICLEI is active in more than 100 countries, and works to drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development.

“The public transport sector is committed to protecting passengers and employees, while keeping cities moving. Cooperation with all levels of governments will be essential to ‘building back better’ and public transport can become an important lever in our economic recovery plan, and rebuild trust in public transport in the post-COVID-19 period and, ultimately, help us to come out stronger from this crisis. With this MoU, cities and the public transport sector can ensure that no one is left behind…”
Mohamed Mezghani
Secretary General of UITP

By joining forces, both organisations can help to localise and deliver on international agendas.

Making cities sustainable means creating career and business opportunities; safe and affordable housing, and building resilient societies and economies. That involves investment in public transport and through this partnership UITP and ICLEI are committed to working together to make this happen.

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