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The 2030 Agenda: Sustainable Development Goals

Safe, efficient, low carbon, and affordable transport for all is essential to sustainable human development, powering lives and livelihoods and serving as the engine of the global economy.  It is therefore essential that sustainable transport is integrated into all sustainable development policies.

Transport-Relevant SDG Targets

Sustainable transport is a key enabler of the  2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It acts as a cross-cutting theme, supporting the achievement of at least 8 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and makes direct and indirect contributions to an additional 13 SDG targets. Transport is directly related to five SDG indicators:


Progress Towards Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda encourages member states to submit Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which has been convening annually since 2016 under the auspices of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). 

The VNR process aims to facilitate the sharing of experiences among countries, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, with the objective of  accelerating implementation of the 2030 Agenda. 

Since the first HLPF in 2016, SLOCAT has been assessing how countries are referencing transport in their Voluntary National Reviews, in light of the sector’s critical importance to implementation of the 2030 Agenda. SLOCAT’s annual report, Transport: A Critical Driver to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals outlines trends and on-the-ground implementation and best practices in sustainable, low carbon transport, as reported in countries’ VNRs.  

Since the inaugural HLPF in 2016, SLoCaT has been conducting analyses on the VNRs submitted each year. Please go to for more information.

Other SLoCaT Input to the SDG Process
The SLoCaT Partnership has contributed to the IAEG-SDGs process with the following submissions:

During the development of the SDG indicators, the SLoCaT Partnership conducted reviews of the indicators for sustainable, low carbon transport and compiled studies on the proposed indicators: