Rio+20 Voluntary Commitments on Sustainable Transport


At the Rio+20 conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the SLoCaT Partnership facilitated the submission of 17 Voluntary Commitments on Sustainable Transport.

“We welcome the commitments voluntarily entered into at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development and throughout 2012 by all stakeholders and their networks to implement concrete policies, plans, programmes, projects and actions to promote sustainable development and poverty eradication”.

— The Future We Want, outcome document of Rio+20

Six additional Voluntary Commitments were made in June 2013 on the first anniversary of Rio+20.

The Voluntary Commitments entered into at Rio+20 were a game changer and have galvanized a large range of interests into action on sustainable development, including the sustainable transport community. This included the unprecedented, and largest at Rio+20, ten-year Voluntary Commitment of $ 175 billion for transport in developing countries, made by eight of the world’s largest multilateral development banks. These investments will help to develop more sustainable transport systems. Other commitments made by the sustainable transport community focused on knowledge development, capacity building, and policy facilitation and development.

The initial Voluntary Commitments on Sustainable Transport facilitated by the Partnership on Sustainable Transport, announced at the Rio+20 conference in June 2012 include:

Creating Universal Access to Safe, Clean and Affordable Transport
June 2013

The report outlines key challenges and opportunities on sustainable transport; reviews the implementation of the Voluntary Commitments in their first year; presents a number of additional Voluntary Commitments with a focus on measuring; and defines transport sector’s role in the post-2015 development framework.

Implementation of the Rio+20 Voluntary Commitments on Sustainable Transport is on track. Severalof the organizations implementing the Voluntary Commitments have made use of the past year to prepare for the full implementation of their commitment.They have done so through further knowledge activities, capacity building, development of new partnerships and piloting of new activities and also the scaling up of tested approaches.

Press release in multiple languages
The Press release is available in:

Media and Online Coverage of the Report:

– EMBARQ-20.06.2013

– Road Safety Fund-20.06.2013
– GIZ-SUTP-21.06.2013
– GIZ-Transport and Climate Change Project
– Global Fuel Economy Initiative Website-21.06.2013
– Fia Foundation
– Make Roads Safe-21.06.2013
– United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs-21.06.2013
– United Nations Department of Public Information-21.06.2013
– Institute for Transportation Development and Policy-24.06.2013
– Wuppertal Institute-27.06.2013

Media contacts for the report:

The primary spokes person on the report is Cornie Huizenga, Joint Convener of the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport and principal author of the report cornie.huizenga[at]  Tel. +86 13901949332

Additional media contacts are:

Tyrrell Duncan, Director, EATC concurrently Practice Leader (Transport) East Asia Department, Asian Development Bank and Chair of the MDB Working Group on Sustainable Transport tduncan[at] Tel. +63 920 949 6409

– Michael Replogle, Managing Director for Policy and Founder, Insitute for Transportation and Development Policy michael.replogle[at] Tel. +1 301 529 0351

David Ward, Director General, Fia Foundation d.ward[at]  Tel. +44 207 747 5187

Note to editors

This report was developed by the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT).  This partnership was established in 2009 with the aim to promote the integration of sustainable transport in global policy processes on sustainable development and climate change. With over 80 members representing a range of constiuencies (UN organizations, multilateral development banks, NGOs, private sector, government and academe) SLoCaT is the largest multistakeholder partnership on sustainable transport. Its members collectively spend about $ 20 billion on promoting more sustainable transport through loans and grants in over 150 countries and jointly SLoCaT members employ well over a 1000 persons working on sustainable transport on a day-to-day basis.

The SLoCaT Partnership was instrumental in the development of the Rio+20 Voluntary Commitments on Sustainable Transport.