Enhanced Regional Engagement


The regional level is an important space for translating the transport aspects of international climate and sustainable development frameworks into local implementation, based on a region’s specific context, needs, and priorities. Regional spaces also provide for more nuanced dialogue and sharing of experiences and best practices among stakeholders working in similar political, social, and economic realities. These exchanges can often go beyond the more politically complex and theoretical conversations that are common at the global level, and provide practical ideas on how to overcome key barriers and accelerate the implementation of transformative sustainable, low carbon transport policies and measures.


SLOCAT adds value to the ongoing work of partners in the field by:

Amplifying the voice and impact of regional actors at the global level, as well as providing valuable knowledge and highlighting engagement opportunities in global processes for organisations working on the ground that may not have the resources or expertise to follow the numerous international climate and sustainable development processes. These processes include, but are not limited to:

The Paris Agreement of the UNFCCC, and its follow-up and review including Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), Long Term Strategies (LTS), and the Conference of the Parties (COP), along with its preparations and engagement mechanisms, including the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA).

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and its follow-up and review, including the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) and the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).


Annual regional conferences related to the above processes, including the Regional Climate Weeks (RCWs) and the Regional Forums on Sustainable Development (RFSDs).

Other UN sustainable development and climate processes, including the UN Climate Action Summit, and the World Urban Forum, among others.

    Supporting the translation of often obtuse international frameworks into practical language relevant to implementers.


      Highlighting the cross-cutting nature of action on sustainable transport – delivering on multiple agendas and national priorities simultaneously.


      Sharing relevant experience and examples from other regions.


     Providing knowledge products and resources in regional contexts to support the implementation of sustainable, low carbon transport solutions.

SLOCAT carries out this work by collaborating with regional partners, who are best positioned to reach a broad network of regional stakeholders and are leading on implementation in the field.


The SLOCAT Partnership focuses its efforts in three major regions – Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Across these regions, major areas of work include:

    • Enhancing transport ambition in NDCs.
    • Supporting development of transport LTS.
    • Building partnerships and cross-sectoral engagement for the implementation of the transport components of NDCs and LTS.
    • Enhancing leadership for transforming urban mobility.
    • Enabling the development and implementation of National Urban Mobility Plans (NUMPs) and local Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).
    • Enhancing synergies and collaboration between key initiatives/projects operating in the regions.
    • Exploring connections with non-UN regional and sub-regional intergovernmental organisations, like the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and others.

Africa contributes to just 3.7% of global CO2 emissions, the least of any region. Regardless of this fact, Africa is and will continue to bear a disproportionate burden of global climate change impacts. This threatens the long-term health and safety of its people, environment and economies. As a response, Africa demands a unique approach, as well as significant changes to the continent’s role in global sustainable development and climate change frameworks.

Asia-Pacific is critical to the success of sustainable development and climate change frameworks. Within it are countries with massive populations and fast-growing economies that are experiencing spikes in GHG emissions. As transport demand grows, so too does the urgency of ensuring a sustainable path for the region. Still, the region is extremely dynamic, with countries like China making strides in electric mobility and other forms of sustainable, low carbon transport. By working closely with key stakeholders, more can be done to harness opportunities for the transformation of transport in Asia-Pacific.


Key Regional Activities


Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is the second most urbanised region in the world. The high urbanisation rate is increasing demand for transport, and in many cases, leading to an increase in private motorised trips, resulting in urban congestion and rising CO2 emissions. While the majority of passenger travel in LAC is currently conducted through public transport (an average of 68% of all trips), the region has the highest global growth rate in private vehicles, with projections of a three-fold increase by 2050. In addition to increasing demand for passenger transport, estimates show that the demand for surface freight will likely more than double in LAC by 2050. Other key trends in the region include growing e-mobility, with high mitigation potential due to the region’s high share of renewable energy; and a high reliance on informal transport in many areas of the region.


Key Regional Activities

Regional Infographics on Transport and Climate Change

As part of the Transport and Climate Change Global Status Report 2018, SLOCAT developed three regional infographics to show the trends and activities on sustainable transport in Africa, Asia and Latin America.