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Recommendations UN agenda Sustainable Transport

12-11-2012

The Dutch Cycling Embassy participates in the Technical Working Group to deliver recommendations for UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon on sustainable transport in the framework of the Post 2015 UN Development Agenda. Participation by the Embassy is facilitated by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. The Working Group met for the second time on 29 and 30 October in New York despite hurricane Sandy. Still 20 representatives from UN bodies, multilateral banks and international ngo’s could make it to come.

The Group has been welcomed by mr Nikil Seth, director Sustainable Development at UN DESA on behalf of USG Mr. Wu Hongbo and by dr. Juan Clos, director UN Habitat.

Seth emphasised: “There is a political momentum for sustainable transport and the discussions on the post 2015 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide good opportunities to capitalize on this growing political momentum for sustainable transport”.

Clos concentrated on ‘ the process of urbanization, which is taking place especially in the developing world and the need for a new approach to urban planning. He described the new paradigm of sustainable urban mobility, which needs to be people centred opposed to vehicle-centred planning’.

Seth gave four headlines for a UN strategy on transport:
 ‘Put sustainable transport in the context of sustainable development’;
 ‘Integrate the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable transport without showing preference to any of these’;
 ‘Focus on implementation’;
 ‘Adopt a multi-stakeholder approach in which all stakeholders, including the business sector are actively integrated’.

A perspective is that key international players on transport will head into new – more sustainable – directions and coordinate their efforts, supported by eminent persons that will second the secretary general in outreach. The multilateral banks play a decisive role after their pledge at the Rio+20 summit to transit their portfolio of 175 billion dollar in the next 10 years to sustainable transport. The presidents of the banks met in October and decided to start implementation and set up a monitoring and reporting system.

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