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United Nations Secretary General's Climate Summit

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On 23 September 2014, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will host a Climate Summit in New York to mobilize action and ambition on climate change prior to the UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in 2015.  The two main objectives of the Climate Summit are to catalyze ambitious action on the ground and to mobilize political will for an ambitious global legal climate agreement at the COP 21 in Paris. The emphasis will be bold pledges that can scale-up and deliver concrete action that will close the emissions gap and put the global community on track for an ambitious legal agreement through the UNFCCC process. 

UN Secretary General has asked governments and leaders of business, finance, industry, and civil society, in areas for new commitments and substantial, scalable and replicable initiatives to the Summit that will help the world shift toward a low-carbon economy.  The initiatives are clustered under 9 action areas including promoting energy efficiency and the use of renewables, reducing short-lived climate pollutants, reducing deforestation, climate-friendly agriculture, climate action in cities, promoting low-carbon transportation, improved resilience through adaptation and disaster risk reduction, and financing for climate action.  Transport is represented in 4 impact areas; transportation, cities, energy efficiency and short-lived climate pollutants.

Transport @ Abu Dhabi Ascent 

In preparation for the Climate Summit, a special two-day high-level meeting, Abu Dhabi Ascent, was held 4-5 May in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  Abu Dhabi Ascent, representatives of private sector and the civil society organizations announced their initiatives on the road to Climate Summit. Transport was the second largest sector announcing 6 out of 31 initiatives focusing on rail, public transport, bus-rapid transit, electric mobility, fuel economy and green freight.  

Please click on each initiative name below to learn more about the commitment made by the organizations.


 International Union of Railways Initiative: IThrough rail sector and transport authority partnerships, substantial reduction in transport GHG emissions achieved through improved rail sector efficiency, de-carbonization of rail sector energy consumption and modal shift to rail.(High-Impact Area: Transportation)
UITP Declaration on Climate Leadership: International Association of Public Transport (UITP) members will declare and commit to demonstrate 'climate leadership' and make a voluntary commitment to reduce emissions/strengthen climate resilience within their city/region in support of UITP’s goal to achieve a doubling in the market share of public transport worldwide by 2025. (High-Impact Area: Transportation)

Urban Electric Mobility Vehicles Initiative (UEMI): The Urban Electronic Mobility Vehicles Initiative aims to phase out conventionally fuelled vehicles and increase the share of electric vehicles in the total volume of individual motorized transport in cities to at least 30% by 2030, to achieve a 30% reduction of CO2 emissions in urban areas by 2050. (High-Impact Area:Transportation)
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Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) 'Global BRT Alliance': In this initiative, cities will pledge to plan for BRT solutions by 2020. BRT systems reduce congestion, alleviate private vehicle dependency and promote fuel efficiency, resulting in reduced transport-related greenhouse gas emissions (High-Impact Area: Cities)
EE Global Fuel

Global Fuel Economy Initiative: Public-private partnership to double vehicle efficiency (High-Impact Area: Energy) 


Green Freight Global Plan of Action: In the global Green Freight Action Plan, committed governments and companies will expand and harmonize green freight programs that will generate reductions in black carbon and CO2 emissions from multimodal goods movement, while also enhancing fuel efficiency and energy security, fostering innovation in the global freight transportation supply chain, protecting public health and reducing near term climate change. (High-Impact Area: Short-lived climate pollutants)


High Level Event on Transport and Climate Change

In conjunction with the Climate Summit, the Climate Week will be organized in New York between 22-28 September, 2014.  During the Climate Week on 22 September 2014, the SLoCaT Partnership together UN-DESA, International Union of Railways (UIC) will hold a High-Level Event on Transport and Climate Change.  The High-Level event will be supported by the Bridging the Gap Initiative and the International Association of Public Transport. It will be hosted by AMTRAK and designed to showcase the key contribution of sustainable transport to mitigation of Climate Change with a dedicated session on the key role of railways as the backbone of sustainable transport systems.

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