The role of public transport in tackling the world’s ‘most urgent priorities’

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In the wake of the G20 Summit taking place in Osaka on 28-29 June 2019, UITP is proud to announce its partnership with the Urban 20 (U20) Initiative. Urban 20 Mayors and Governors convened in Tokyo to discuss their joint recommendations for addressing some of the planet’s most urgent priorities.
 
As its advisory partner on urban mobility, UITP actively supports the U20 initiative in “identifying the links between local sustainable development strategies and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” of the United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda. In line with the objectives of the Mobility Champions Community, the U20 Communiqué strongly emphasises the role of public transport and urban mobility in achieving these goals, particularly in the areas of climate action, social inclusion and economic growth.
 
More specifically, U20 Cities call on leaders of the G20 to collaborate with local governments on the accelerated transition to green and healthy streets and the development of zero transport emissions as part of their efforts to reach Paris Agreement targets. Their recommendations include the need to support cities’ efforts to diffuse such vehicles through emissions standards, incentive schemes, and charging infrastructure roll out, as well as the need to promote people-friendly planning policies and increased rates of walking, cycling and use of public and shared transport.
 
The Communiqué also points out the crucial role of public transport and urban mobility in ensuring resilient, accessible and inclusive urban development, calling on national leaders to support cities in their efforts to provide “accessible, affordable and safe low-carbon public transport to all city dwellers, particularly persons with disabilities, women and ageing populations”.
 
Finally, U20 Mayors and Governors insist on the importance of “proper planning and budgeting for operations and maintenance” to achieve sustainable economic growth. G20 leaders are advised to enhance local governments’ access to adequate finance for sustainable infrastructure through the diversification of funding and financial resources available for cities to promote investment in urban resilience.
 
In the aftermath of this achievement and in the context of our active role in the UN-Habitat Assembly taking place in Nairobi, we will be sharing more news this week about our commitment to advocate on all levels for the central role of public transport and urban mobility in the global achievement of the SDGs. Stay tuned!
 

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