Transport infrastructure and services facilitate urban and rural dwellers to participate in economic opportunities and to access essential services such as education and health. When designed to be inclusive, transport is a strong driver of economic growth and poverty reduction. But transport has serious negative impacts including road trauma through loss of life and injuries incurred in road crashes, air pollution that harms human health, noise and greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.
SLoCaT is proposing a dedicated transport Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) because it is more likely to marshal appropriate finance and resources required to accelerate the introduction of more sustainable transport infrastructure and services in rural and urban areas. Large-scale implementation of more sustainable transport is required to comprehensively enhance inclusive access to education and jobs, reduce poverty and enhance economic productivity and provide a healthier environment in short, “The Future We Want”.