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Description/achievement of initiative

The Partnership has as its overarching goal to mobilize global support to reduce the growth of GHG emissions generated by land transport in developing countries by promoting more sustainable, low carbon transport. Transport in developing countries is the one of the largest, and fastest growing, source of GHG emissions. Transport related CO2 emissions are expected to increase 57% worldwide in the period 2005 ? 2030, and it is estimated that transport (passenger and freight) in developing countries will contribute about 80 percent of this increase. At the same time transport is largely missing in climate change mitigation policies and actions worldwide and in particular those aimed at the developing countries. Growing GHG emissions from the transport sector in developing countries are inextricably linked to an overall lack of sustainability expressed by poor urban planning, increased motorization, increased air pollution and noise, growing congestion and decreasing road safety. Technological improvements by themselves will not be enough for the transport sector to make a significant contribution to mitigation of GHG; a sector wide re-orientation to low carbon sustainable transport is required which combines policies and measures to (a) avoid/reduce the need for travel, (b) shifts to, or keeps transport at the most efficient mode, and (c) improves efficiency of motorized modes of transport. Developing countries should seize the opportunity to make their transport systems and infrastructure low carbon and more sustainable through a combination of: increased public awareness, low-carbon, sustainable transport policies, supportive policy instruments, institutional capacity development, appropriate pricing mechanisms and mobilization of financial resources.

Implementation methodologies

The partnership has four specific objectives: a. The integration of sustainable, low carbon transport in climate negotiations, as well as national and local climate policies and programs, b. The integration of climate considerations in regional, national and local transport policies, c. Mainstream Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport in strategies and operations of international development organizations, d. Contribute to sustainable development and the millennium development goals especially providing access to or for goods and services by lower income groups. The thematic scope of the Partnership is on land transport in developing countries and includes freight and passenger transport. Both motorized and non-motorized transport is included. The geographical scope of the Partnership is developing countries. The Partnership will initially focus on Asia, Latin America and Africa. The Partnership builds on previous work on sustainable transport by UN-DESA within their mandate as defined by Agenda 21 and the CSD and a large series of events on sustainable transport and climate change by the members of this Partnership in both Asia and Latin America.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The SLoCaT Secretariat is the administrative body of SLoCaT, overseen by the Board of the SLoCaT Foundation. The SLoCaT Secretariat services both the SLoCaT Partnership and the SLoCaT Foundation. The SLoCaT Secretariat is currently based in Shanghai, China and is hosted by the CESG-Shanghai.


Major Groups: International Association for Public Transport (UITP) (Belgium) Transport and Environment (T+E) (Belgium) Believe Sustainability (Brazil) China Urban Transport Research Centre (CUSTReC) (China) International Union of Railways (UIC) (France) VEOLIA Transport (France) World Streets (France) Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit GmbH/ German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) (Germany) Fraunhofer- Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) (Germany) Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) Europe (Germany) Civic Exchange (CE) (Hong Kong) Institute of Urban Transport India (IUTI) (Iceland) Center for Science and Environment (India) Centre for Environment Planning & Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad (India) Society of Indian Automotive Manufacturers (SIAM) (India) The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) (India) Center for Transportation and Logistics Studies (PUSTRAL), Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia) Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) (Japan) Institute for Transport Policy Studies (ITPS) (Japan) Center for Sustainable Transport (CTS) Mexico (Mexico) Energy Research Center Netherlands (ECN) (Netherlands) Interface for Cycling Expertise (I-CE) (Netherlands) Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) Center (Philippines) National Center for Transportation Studies (NCTS), Philippines (Philippines) WWF International (Philippines) Korean Transport Institute (KOTI) (Republic of Korea) Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) (Sweden) Global Transport Knowledge Partnership (gTKP) (Switzerland) International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) (Thailand) WWF International (Thailand) Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) University College of London, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) (United States of America) Clean Air Institute (United States of America) EMBARQ, The WRI Center for Sustainable Transport (United States of America) Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) (United States of America) Institute of Transport Studies (ITS), University of California, Davis (United States of America) Rockefeller Foundation (United States of America) University of Transport and Communication (UTCC) Hanoi (Viet Nam) UN System: UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (United States of America) United Nations Centre for Regional Development (Japan) United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) (Kenya) Other intergovernmental organizations: Asian Development Bank (Philippines) International Energy Agency (IEA) (France) International Transport Forum (ITF) (France) African Development Bank (Tunisia) Global Environmental Facility (GEF) (United States of America) Inter-American Development Bank (United States of America) Corporación Andina de Fomento (Venezuela)
Transport Day/Warsaw
Transport Day/Lima
Transport Day/Paris
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Goal 11
Resources devoted to implementation
Staff / Technical expertise
SLoCaT staff
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: ongoing
Partner connections
Contact information/focal point(s)
Cornie Huizenga,

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