The Across Latitudes and Cultures BRT Centre of Excellence invites to its monthly webinar series to share timely public transit research and encourage ongoing collaboration. Our June Webinar will be:
“Habitat III can help accelerate action on sustainable urban transport”
Presented by Cornie Huizenga, on June 28th, 20:00 CST (GMT +08:00). Mr. Huizenga is the Secretary General of the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), the largest multi-stakeholder partnership on sustainable, low carbon transport in developing countries. The SLoCaT Partnership promotes the integration of sustainable, low carbon transport in global policies on the post 2015 Development agenda and the post 2015 climate change policy discussion.
The SLoCaT Partnership represents over 100 international organizations that are actively working in policy development and project implementation of sustainable urban transport projects on a global scale. SLoCaT is encouraged to see language in the New Urban Agenda urging a “transformation in [mobility] policy” . SLoCaT feels that the zero draft NUA strikes a reasonable balance between specific recommendations on mobility and providing enabling recommendations on national-urban relations; urban planning; financing; policy frameworks, and capacity building that will be key to implementing the transport related recommendations on a city level. SLoCaT is pleased at the prominent mention of public transport, walking and cycling, which is a crucial element integrated land use and transport planning. Finally, we appreciate that the Zero Draft emphasizes access to economic opportunities and social services, rather than simply access to sustainable transport systems, a key distinction between the New Urban Agenda and the SDGs.
Cornie played a lead role in the development of the Voluntary Commitments on Sustainable Transport at the Rio+20 conference including the unprecedented USD 175 billion for more sustainable transport by the world’s eight largest multilateral development banks. Through his leadership of the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) he helped to raise the profile of transport in the UNFCCC process and mobilize the sustainable transport community in support of a Climate Change agreement that can accelerate action on low-carbon transport.