Welcome to the Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP)
We cordially invite you to join our next SUTP-webinar on November, 6. The transport sector currently accounts for about 6.7 Gigatonnes of CO2, which is equivalent to 23% of all energy related Greenhouse Gas emissions and is set to double by 2050 if current trends persist, in particular in emerging economies (IPCC 2014). Setting the transport sector on a low-carbon development pathway is essential for global climate change mitigation efforts that aim to stabilise global warming at 2 Degrees Celsius, which is the internationally agreed target under the United Nations Framework Conventions on Climate Change (UNFCCC). To contribute to this target developed countries will have to rapidly decarbonise their transport sector over the coming decades (-80% by 2050) and developing and emerging countries will have to curb growth (+70% by 2050), which will require substantial policy action at all levels of government (IEA 2014).
This webinar will explore the pathways for low-carbon transport and provide an overview on key policy measures at the local and national level. It will be conducted by Oliver Lah (Wuppertal Institute for climate, Environment and Energy).
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) organised the fourth session of the Committee on Transport in Bangkok between 15th to 17th October 2014. The committee meeting was called to review national, sub regional and regional progress in transport and also discuss ways to address common challenges and the future direction of ESCAP’s work. Different states members provided an overview of the various planning and implementation strategies adopted in their region to promote sustainable transport infrastructure and services.
During this event, GIZ informed the Committee and its members about the various activities undertaken towards promoting energy efficient transport and logistic solutions. GIZ also expressed its interest to further collaborate with the ESCAP secretariat and other development partners to enhance the connectivity in the region.
The three day meeting concluded with the members of the committee recommending the tabled report to the commission for endorsement at its seventy first session in 2015.
More information: http://www.unescap.org/news/un-escap-committees-ict-and-transport-meet-bangkok-14-17-october-2014
GIZ, together with United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) will run its first course on sustainable urban mobility in developing countries in French language. The course will take place from 24 Nov 2014 - 27 Feb 2015, including a two-week break for Christmas.
The course aims to enhance the capacity of local decision makers and urban and transportation planners to formulate and implement appropriate policies that contribute to sustainability in urban transport in developing countries. The course will familiarize participants with contemporary approaches regarding transport demand management, improved public and non-motorized transport, environmental protection, road safety, and gender in transport.
Successful completion of the course requires participants to achieve a total score of at least 70% and entitles them to a certificate of completion. A certificate of participation will be issued to participants who took all the exercises but achieved a final score inferior to 70%.
Further information is available at www.unitar.org/event/mobilite-urbaine, where participants may register until November 20th, 2014.
The flyer is available here.