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Mobility and the SDGs: A safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport system for all

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Public transport is a key element for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Over the past few years, development policy has experienced a significant advance towards a truly global consensus. All these items revolve around the 2030 Agenda, which
established an ambitious collection of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), detailed in 169 Targets, covering the whole spectrum of human development — from the fight against poverty, to climate change, education and health, gender equality and decent work, to better institutions, justice and peace, and sustainable and liveable cities and territories. Mobility and transport, in particular, are crucial to the achievement of sustainable cities and communities and embedded in a dedicated Goal, SDG 11, even though many other 2030 Agenda goals and targets refer, however indirectly, to the need for more sustainable, accessible, inclusive and efficient urban and territorial transportation.

Developed in partnership with UCLG, this Report will help you better understand the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their relevance to public transport. It also advocates that sub-national perspectives are integrated into national SDG strategies and recommends the monitoring and reporting of the SDGs are done by local actors for the implementation of the SDGs. 

  • Worldwide, 1.2 million people die and up to 50 million are injured in traffic accidents each year
  • Making cities more compact and connected based on a public transport backbone will lower investment requirements by 10%
  • Brazil has made urban mobility plans a legal obligation for 3,300 cities and a precondition for receiving transport infrastructure financing

Did you know that UITP and UCLG Mobility Champions Community is the first global platform of city leaders taking concrete action on urban mobility. Find out more!

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