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Transport Commitments at 2012 Rio+20 Conference

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In June 2012, twenty years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janerio, where countries adopted Agenda 21 - a blueprint to rethink economic growth, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection - the United Nations organized the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. The Rio+20 Conference brought together governments, international institutions and major groups to agree on a range of smart measures that can reduce poverty while promoting decent jobs, clean energy and a more sustainable and fair use of resources.

Rio+20 Conference and Sustainable Transport

Throughout the negations, sustainable transport community worked actively to promote the contribution of sustainable transport to the post-2015 development framework.  Sustainable transport was included among the 26 priority areas in the Future We Want Document.  For detailed account of sustainable transport events and outreach documents on transport, please visit the here

Voluntary Commitments on Sustainable Transport (http://www.slocat.net/voluntary-commitments-sustainable-transport)

At Rio+20, business associations, multi-lateral development banks and civil society organizations were encourage to make voluntary commitmentsto implement concrete policies, plans, programmes, projects and actions to promote sustainable development and poverty eradication. Transport was the biggest sector in terms of financial commitments with its 17 Voluntary Commitments on Sustainable Transport. Furthermore, in June 2013 on  Six additional Voluntary Commitments were made by the sustaianable transport community to  help to track the sustainability of the transport sector and also contribute towards reporting on the implementation and impact of the existing Voluntary Commitments on Sustainable Transport.

On June 2013, SLoCaT and its members published the first status report on the progress of voluntary commitments on sustainable transport. 

UN Action Network on Sustainable Transport 

The UN Sustainable  Development Action Networks  are action-oriented communities where stakeholders may collaborate and share information on certain sustainable development topics and campaigns – they are meant to catalyze actions among all stakeholders and their networks to implement concrete policies, plans, programmes, projects in support of the objectives of the network.  The inclusion of sustainable transport to the list of Action Networks for Sustainable Development, follows a 2012 decision by UN-Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon to make transport one of the six building blocks for sustainable development in the Five Year Action Agenda for his second term. work. 

The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Action Network on Sustainable Transport integrates different initiatives on sustainable, low carbon transport. It is an action-oriented communities where stakeholders may collaborate and share information on sustainable transport – it is meant to catalyze actions among all stakeholders and their networks to implement concrete policies, plans, programmes and projects in support of sustainable transport.

 

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