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Sustainable Transport following Rio+20
4 September 2012 @ 9:30 am
The 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20, generated a strong momentum on sustainable transport. This was aided by the launch of a coordinated series of 16 voluntary commitments on sustainable transport related to financing, policy, knowledge management and capacity development for sustainable transport. The most prominent voluntary commitment submitted by the Asian Development Bank, also on behalf of 7 other multilateral development banks committed $ 175 billion for the promotion and implementation of more sustainable transport over the next 10 years.
The breakthrough for sustainable transport at Rio+20 follows the announcement of SG Ban Ki-moon to include transport as a building block in his Action Agenda for the development of a post 2015 Framework for Sustainable Development.
WUF 6 presents an opportunity to follow –up from the Rio+20 discussions. This will be done in a session on sustainable transport post Rio+20 to be held September 4 from 09:30 am – 11:30 am. The session will provide an opportunity to discuss the voluntary commitments and consider plans for their implementation. Consideration will be given to strengthening coordination and information sharing mechanisms between UN and other stake holders. The session will also be valuable for UN-Habitat in planning its engagement with sustainable transport.
The Special Session on Sustainable Transport following Rio+20 is targeted at:
- UN Organizations with activities on sustainable transport
- International Development Organizations (including development banks and non-governmental organizations) promoting and aiding the implementation of more sustainable transport
- City and national government agencies with a mandate related to urban transport
The program for the Special Session on Sustainable Transport following Rio+20 includes:
- Did Rio+20 deliver on sustainable transport?
- Contribution of Voluntary Commitments on sustainable transport to promoting sustainable urban transport;
- Setting targets and measuring sustainable urban transport;
- UN-Habitat’s increased engagement with Sustainable Transport.
- Questions and Answers – Panel Discussion.