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Sustainable Transport and Just Cities

7 April 2014 @ 9:00 am

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Supporting Organizations: Bridging the Gap Initiative, CAF-Development Bank of Latin America, DespacioDeutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Ford Foundation, Inter-American Development Bank and Institute for Transportation Development and Policy.

During WUF 7, the SLoCaT Partnership and UN-HABITAT co-organized Sustainable Transport and Just Cities event on April 7th, 2014 to raise the awareness of WUF 7 partners on the critical role that sustainable, low carbon transport has to play in realizing equitable and just cities, that are also environmentally sustainable.

Please see Event Report and Photos  for an overview of the Transport and Just Cities event. 

Objectives of the Sustainable Transport and Just Cities event were:

1. Demonstrate the importance of sustainable transport for making cities more socially and economically equitable;

2. Contribute towards the development of a SLoCaT collaborative work program on sustainable transport and poverty alleviation.

Event Schedule

08.30 – 09.00      Registration

09.00 – 09.30      Opening

  • Andre Dzikus, Coordinator Urban Services Branch, UN Habitat
  • Michael Replogle, Managing Director Policy, Founder ITDP (representing SLoCaT Partnership)
  • Nicolás Estupiñán, Viceminister of Transport of Colombia

09.30 – 10.30      Plenary 1: What is broken, and what needs to be fixed?

This interactive dialog among representatives of urban stakeholders (elderly people, women and youth, business community and everybody interested in enjoying her/his city), urban regulators, development organizations and participants will examine: (a) why many cities fail in providing equitable and safe access to all of its inhabitants, and (b) why some cities have been able to achieve safe access for all and how they do it?

Moderator: Gil (Guillermo) Peñalosa, 8-80 Cities


  • Jorge Kogan, CAF
  • Akua Sakyibea Vander-Pallen, Ministry of Roads and Highways Ghana
  • Robin King, Embarq

The dialog will benefit from testimonies from a variety of individuals affected by the manner that mobility is organized in selected world cities today; both negative and positive testimonies will be presented.


  • Andrés Vergara (Ciclopaseos Bogotá)
  • Laura Mendoza (Despacio)
  • Carlos Cadena Gaitán (Ciudad Verde)
  • Lorenzo Casullo (UN Youth Advisory Board)
  • Jhon Alvarez Villa (Citizen of Medellin)

10.30 – 11.00      Coffee break

11.00 – 12.30      Break-out Sessions

Break-out Session 1: Towards a Human Rights Based Approach to Urban Mobility

– Break-out Session 2: Making Use of Social Media and ICT to realize safe and inclusive access for all

– Break-out Session 3: SLoCaT’s Collaborative Work Program on Sustainable Transport and Poverty Alleviation

Presentation: Michael Replogle, ITDP: The contribution of sustainable transport to the post 2015 development framework 


  •  Juan Pablo Bocarejo, PhD
  •  Rafael Acevedo, IDB     

12.30 – 13.30      Lunch

13.30 – 14.00      Reports Break-out Sessions

Moderator:  Carlosfelipe Pardo, Despacio, SLoCaT Latin America Coordinator

14.00 – 15.00      Closing Plenary –Equitable Transport and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Introduction from Dr. Joan Clos, UN-Habitat Executive Director, moderated by Michael Replogle, ITDP

The closing plenary will discuss: (a) what contribution can urban mobility solutions make to the realization of this central objective, and (b) whether the transport community is adopting the right strategy to accomplish this.

 Panel members: 

  • Juwang Zhu, Chief of SIDS, Oceans and Climate Change Branch, UN DESA
  • Juan Camilo Florentino, Sustainable Urban Mobility Unit, Transport Ministry of Colombia (presentation)
  • Nicolás Valenzuela, Santiago de Chile, Providencia Planning Director
  • Mariana Orozco of SEDATU

Please download the Final Program in English and Final Program in Spanish, for an overview of themes and schedule of the Sustainable Transport and Just Cities event. 

For more information on Sustainable Transport and Just Cities event, contact Carlosfelipe Pardo at carlosfelipe.pardo[at]slocatpartnership.org and/or Cornie Huizenga at cornie.huizenga[at]slocatpartnership.org


7 April 2014
9:00 am