More from UNDESA Vol 20, No. 11 - November 2016

Mobilizing Sustainable Transport for Development

Greater investment in greener, more sustainable transport systems is essential for propelling the economic and social development that is essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, according to an expert panel report delivered to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 28 October.

Finding that global, national and local transport systems are hobbled by inefficiencies and a lack of sustainable investments, the expert panel issued a report entitled “Mobilizing Sustainable Transport for Development”, which provides 10 recommendations on how governments, businesses and civil society should re-direct resources in the transport sector to advance sustainable development.

The experts, members of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport, include representatives from aviation, road, rail, public transport and maritime industries and associations. The recommendations address issues of policy, technology and financing and grew out of the diverse perspectives and practical experience of the panel.

The report found that a transformational change to sustainable transport can be realized through annual investments of around US$2 trillion, similar to the current ‘business as usual’ spending of US$1.4 trillion to US$2.1 trillion.

Investments in sustainable transport, the experts found, could lead to fuel savings and lower operational costs, decreased congestion and reduced air pollution. Additionally, it is estimated that efforts to promote sustainable transport can deliver savings of up to US$70 trillion by 2050.

To access the complete report: Mobilizing Sustainable Transport for Development

Good Practices of Accessible Urban Development

By 2050, it is expected that about 6.25 billion people, 15 per cent of whom are persons with disabilities, will be living in urban centres. Urbanization has the potential to be an engineer for achieving sustainable and inclusive development for all. The new publication on “Good Practices of Accessible Urban Development”, illustrates and encourages more initiatives and actions worldwide in advancing urban development to be accessible and inclusive to all.

Highlighting key experiences and lessons learned from 24 case studies, the publication contributed to the work of the Third Global Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) and the “New Urban Agenda”, in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.

“A city that is well designed is well designed for all. Accessibility, as a collective good that benefits all, should therefore be considered a central component of good policy to achieve inclusive and sustainable urban development,” highlighted a group of experts in their recommendations at the UN DESA – UN Habitat Forum on Disability Inclusion and Accessible Urban Development, held in Nairobi in October 2015.

For the 15 per cent of the world’s population who live with a disability, many of whom reside in urban areas, available evidence reveals a widespread lack of accessibility in built environments, from roads and housing, to public buildings and spaces.

Evidence also expose a lack of accessibility to basic urban services such as sanitation and water, health, education, transportation, emergency and disaster response, resilience building, and access to information and communications.

These accessibility limitations greatly contribute to the disadvantages and marginalization faced by persons with disabilities, leading to disproportionate rates of poverty, deprivation and exclusion. These disadvantages also impede the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other internationally agreed development goals.

The publication on “Good Practices of Accessible Urban Development” also provides specific recommendations to advance inclusive urban development for all.

To download the full publication: Good Practices of Accessible Urban Development

 

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