PPMC OBJECTIVES FOR HABITAT III
The Habitat III conference comes at the end of a multi-year process of preparatory meetings, discussions and negotiations on the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the outcome document of the Habitat III conference.
SLoCaT and its members have actively engaged in the lead-up to Habitat III and this has helped to contribute to a strong incorporation of sustainable transport and mobility in the latest draft of the NUA adopted at the last Informal Negotiations which was held in New York between September 7-10. There are a range of recommendations on sustainable transport and mobility in the draft document including on: sustainable transport infrastructure and services generation; rural-urban linkages, food security, and food waste; travel demand management; road safety; active mobility, climate change, air quality, and energy efficiency; freight transport; land use, urban planning and transport planning; transport, poverty, equity and inclusion; capacity building; and sustainable transport financing.
The purpose of SLoCaT’s presence in Quito is therefore NOT to promote a better integration of sustainable transport and mobility in the negotiated outcome document. SLoCaT will emphasize in its activities in Quito the strong emphasis the NUA places on the role sustainable mobility and transport has to play in achieving sustainable urban development, with the following objectives:
– Emphasize the action orientation of the NUA and promote the implementation of mobility- and transport-related recommendations of the NUA
- SLoCaT will in the lead-up to the Habitat III conference contribute towards the Habitat III Quito Implementation Plan by documenting existing and new voluntary commitments on sustainable transport and explaining their contribution to the realization of the transport-related provisions in the NUA;
- SLoCaT will assist UN-Habitat host a Special Session on “Transport and Mobility”
- SLoCaT will assist the German Federal Ministry on Economic Cooperation (BMZ) in the development of the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (consisting of a financial and a technical component), which is planned to be announced in Quito during the Habitat III Conference.
- Support linkages and synergies between the implementation of the NUA, and inter alia; the delivery of the SDG´s and the Global Climate Action Agenda – to simplify and enhance delivery.
– Demonstrate the linkages between the NUA and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for transport
- The discussions during PrepCom3 in Surabaya and the current text of the NUA make specific reference to the linkage between the NUA and the SDGs, including SDG 11 on sustainable cities. In the case of transport there are multiple linkages between the transport provisions in the NUA and various SDG targets.
- For reasons of focus and clear communication, SLoCaT intends to highlight a limited number of transport-related SDG targets (e.g. Target 11.2 Access to sustainable transport; Target 3.6 Road Safety, and perhaps one or two others) to structure its narrative for the Habitat III Conference and also to help structure events (e.g. topics and speakers)
– Build bridges with other parts of the development community, for whom transport is of importance
- Transport provides access to opportunities for a wide range of groups. SLoCaT intends to have a coordinated approach with some of the specific stakeholder groups that are dependent on transport and/or support our messages. Among the proposed groups that SLoCaT will actively reach out to and involve in its activities in Quito are Women and Youth. Both have indicated a strong willingness to work with the transport community and will be invited to be part of SLoCaT events in Quito, and the intention to work with them will be reflected in the programming of SLoCaT events.
- SLoCaT also wants to strengthen (a) the inter-linkage between mobility and transport and urban planning; (b) the nexus between transport and energy; (c) the nexus between road safety and transport, and (d) the nexus between health and transport.
– Discuss an effective review mechanism for mobility- and transport-related recommendations in the NUA
- The Surabaya draft of the NUA makes recommendations on the review of the NUA and proposes that review of the NUA be linked to review of the SDGs and suggests that this process be coordinated by UN Habitat in an inclusive manner involving the entire UN system and other related processes.
- SLoCaT will develop in the lead-up to the Habitat III conference a review framework that incorporates the NUA, the SDGs as well as other global agreements that have relevance for the transport sector (e.g. Global Decade of Action on Road Safety, Addis Action Agenda on Financing for Development, Paris Agreement on Climate Change). SLoCaT will also, in coordination with UN Habitat, develop a timeframe for the implementation of the framework, keeping in mind key milestones in the UN Habitat process (e.g. Global Governing Council in 2017) and in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) process (e.g. submission to ECOSOC in 2018 in time for review of NUA in 2019 by HLPF).