Welcome to the Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP)
In his new encyclical letter,”Laudato Si’, mi’ Signore” (“Praise be to you, my Lord”), Pope Francis urges the world for deeper thinking and dialogues to tackle a range of climate-change-related problems plaguing the planet and specifically cited public transport as one of the practical steps to provide solutions to these problems.
In his 184-page letter traditionally addresses to all members of the of the Catholic Church, the Pope stresses the importance to adopt “a more critical approach” because the world can “no longer sweep [problems brought by climate change] under the carpet.” He points out that “poor transportation,” along with noise and other pollutions, are the causes to “disproportionate and unruly growth of many cities:
“…We are conscious of the disproportionate and unruly growth of many cities, which have become unhealthy to live in…as a result of urban chaos, poor transportation, and visual pollution and noise…Neighbourhoods, even those recently built, are congested, chaotic and lacking in sufficient green space. We were not meant to be inundated by cement, asphalt, glass and metal, and deprived of physical contact with nature.”
After more than ten years in the practice of developing capacity in local governments, planners and citizens on topics of sustainable urban transport and providing them with tools to implement improvements in the sector, GIZ SUTP delivered its 143rd course and, as part of it, trained Ms Maria Cecilia Aliaga Hernández, an analyst at the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (MINVU) in Santiago de Chile during the 2-day course on "Complements to Public Transport".
Since 2003, SUTP has trained people from Africa, Asia and Latin America on topics ranging from fuel policies to public awareness, from 1 to 10 day courses that have proven to improve transport policies in those cities.
For training courses on sustainable urban transport please see www.capsut.org.
The City of Vienna will host the 2015 Walk21 conference which promotes activities and innovations towards the future of resilient cities and healthy living environments. Together with experts from around the globe, the conference will share insights and expertise on how to step ahead and become a walkable city. The Walk21 Conference brings together experts from the fields of walking promotion, research, policy, planning and delivery.
Politicians, planners, campaigners, researchers and practitioners will share their experiences and be part of the discussion and all side events at Walk21 Vienna. It is an opportunity to learn from international experience and to showcase local challenges and solutions. The conference will be attended by more than 700 delegates from all continents.
More information on http://walk21vienna.com