According to The Partnership for Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), a voluntary multi-stakeholder initiative that contributes to the implementation of Agenda 21, Rio+5 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI), “a stronger focus on public transport and non-motorized transport will strengthen access for low income groups. Reduced congestion and air pollution, as well as improved road safety, can translate into economic savings equal to several percentage points of GDP….
EMBARQ’s mission is to catalyze and help implementing sustainable transport solutions to improve quality of life in cities. Sustainable transport solutions holistically address social and environmental needs for current and future generations in a financially smart manner.
Presented by UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)
Ralph Wahnschafft, DESA, chaired the event, which presented an overview of an initiative by the Global Forum for Human Settlements (GFHS) and the Renault-Nissan Alliance to provide zero-emission transport for Rio+20.
On the 8 th of June United Nations officials, diplomats and and members of civil society organizations
took part in a bike ride, co-organized by the SLoCaT Partnership to highlight the benefits of bicycling as a sustainable urban transportation method. The challenge is to get the world to use renewable energy to power our trains,planes, buses and boats. What is especially important for cities.
Kicking off ITDP’s busy roster of events leading up to Rio+20, the Mobilidade+ series was launched on June 5th at Studio-X Rio’s headquarters in the center of the city. The series – organized by ITDP Brazil and Studio-X (Columbia University) in partnership with UN-Habitat, SLoCat, C40 Rio, and Transport Ativo – aims to illustrate how urban mobility permeates diverse aspects of daily life in cities, and affects the lives of citizens beyond considerations of merely getting from one place to another.
The Netherlands Mission to the United Nations organizes a UN Bike Ride on June 8th to promote bicycling as a means of sustainable low carbon urban transport in light of the upcoming Conference on Sustainable Development that will take place in Rio de Janeiro end of June.