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UN-Habitat in new partnership for sustainable urban mobility

Posted by on Sep 14, 2012 in Accessibility, All news, Asia, Bus, Funding, Latin America and Caribbean, Management, Middle East and north Africa, Oceania, Social inclusion, Sub-Saharan Africa, Urban planning |

The United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN–Habitat) and EMBARQ, the World Resources Institute’s centre for sustainable transport, have entered into a partnership to create more sustainable cities by working to provide universal access to safe, clean and affordable transport. The new initiative will focus on the needs of poor and vulnerable groups, and finding more ways to incorporate transport into broader land use planning and implementation.

EMBARQ Director Holger Dalkmann said: “EMBARQ has an ambitious goal to ensure that 200 cities, mostly in emerging economies, will adopt sustainable mobility into urban development by 2016. This partnership will help us reach millions of people worldwide and provide them with opportunities to live and work in a safe, clean and attractive urban environment, with easy access to high-quality transport systems that benefit both the environment and the economy.”

Under the terms of the partnership agreement, both partners have agreed to build a network of experts that will collaborate on sustainable urban mobility solutions, including financing and funding opportunities, capacity building, knowledge management, research and joint participation at international events.

The first joint publication under this partnership, “Quick Guide: Establishing a Multi-Stakeholder Forum for Urban Mobility,” was released at the World Urban Forum in Naples, Italy, last week. This is one of a series of four step-by-step guides aimed at city officials seeking to improve urban mobility.

“Sustainable transport systems are extremely important for the productivity and livability of our cities,” said Joan Clos, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN-Habitat Executive Director.  “The new cities of the 21st Century should be designed to drive growth and prosperity and our partnership with EMBARQ offers emerging economies an opportunity to put efficient, safe and clean transport at the heart of urban planning.”

 

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