Every 20 years, the Habitat conference on urbanization series is celebrated to promote a new model of urban development that is able to integrate all facets of sustainable development to promote equity, welfare and shared prosperity. This year, the congress is set in a time in history where the majority of the worlds population is living in cities. The congress will set what is the New Urban Agenda which is an action oriented document that will guide urbanization and its actors for the next 20 years. This year in particular, local authorities are playing a big role in the future of urbanization and will be part of the process of setting what will be the New Urban Agenda.
Urban mobility plays an important role delivering these sustainable urban development goals and is at a tipping point as the world urbanizes and cities become more complex. While the New Urban Agenda evolves and as challenges, needs, and aspirations change globally; new service models, technologies, business models, integration mechanisms, policy frameworks, and innovative narratives are rapidly emerging to address the transforming transportation landscape. Transport is covered one of the 10 Policy Units which is Urban Services and Technology and is now featured in the current drafts of the New urban Agenda. Key messages for this policy unit include improve accessibility, efficient use, local leadership and policy and funding support. In addition to the Policy Unit, transport and mobility is related to the Agenda and most specifically the Sustainable Development Goal target #11.2 states:
by 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons
EcoMobility goals also support cities to reach their sustainable goals in line with the SDGs and The New Urban Agenda ensuring people centered cities and ensuring accessible, safe, and clean urban mobility.
It is important that the New Urban Agenda ignites global action in urban mobility and considers other stakeholders that can contribute to profit from the multiple benefits that sustainable urban mobility brings. The relevance of urban mobility needs to play a larger role and highlight the importance of integrated transport and mobility planning to ensure other target Goals which are linked are met. In regards to the process of expanding the relevance of the topic in the New Urban Agenda ICLEI- EcoMobility is part of the The Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) action on ensuring the Habitat III process drives forward global action on sustainable urban mobility (See http://www.ppmc-transport.org/new-urban-agenda).
ICLEI- EcoMobility and the City of Quito will be organizing an EcoMobility Alliance activity held as a part of the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. We expect that this event will also be an opportunity for our cities to share experiences addressing urban mobility challenges and solutions.
These series of events are hosted by the city of Quito in close coordination with the Metropolitan Institute of Urban Planning Quito, jointly with ICLEI EcoMobility Alliance and with Alliance partners namely BYD, SMART and GIZ among various others.
The four day event will collectively explore possible solutions to urban mobility challenges faced by our cities in a unique setting of international knowledge exchange and involvement of multiple national and international stakeholders.
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