Sustainable transport events await you in 2020!

In 2020 we enter the Decade of Action to deliver both the Global Goals on Sustainable Development (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement with revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) will be engaged in outstanding opportunities and international milestones to come with key partners of the global transport community. This article outlines a few of the major stops along the route to COP26.

Please be aware that it does not reflect a comprehensive list of all events in 2020. The intention is to focus on climate change-related global and regional events.


Regional Climate Weeks

Multiple dates

Building on its Global Macro Roadmap (GMR) approach, PPMC has been engaging in adapting this methodological framework to regional contexts and challenges, together with international and local partners. PPMC is currently involved in workstreams in India and in Ivory Coast and therefore particularly interested to the Regional Climate Weeks’ bottom-up approach. The Regional Climate Weeks provide space for a grassroots exchange of knowledge and best practices Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Global Climate Action (GCA). The following RCWs are planned:

  • Africa Climate Week 2020 (ACW2020), Kampala – Uganda, 20-24 April 2020;
  • Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week 2020 (LACCW2020), Santo Domingo – Dominican Republic, 6-10 July 2020;
  • Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2020 (APCW2020), Yokohama – Japan, 24-28 August 2020;
  • Middle East and North Africa Climate Week 2020 (MENACW2020) – Dubai – United Arab Emirates – Info coming soon.

Find out more about the UNFCCC RCWs here.


Second Global Sustainable Transport Conference

5 to 7 May

PPMC was present at the first Global Sustainable Transport Conference in December 2016 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Partnering with SuM4All and its Global Roadmap of Action and the ACT Initiative, PPMC considers the second United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference that will be held from 5 to 7 May 2020 in Beijing, China, as a major opportunity to link climate change and sustainable development when it comes to transport.. The second Global Sustainable Transport Conference will bring together key stakeholders from Governments, UN system and other international organizations, the private sector, and civil society to discuss the integrated and cross-cutting nature of sustainable transport and its multiple roles in supporting the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. It is expected to indicate a way forward for sustainable transport to help achieve the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the Ministry of Transport of China act as the secretariat and host government of the conference.

More information, registration and draft program about the conference can be found here.


Movin’On Summit 2020

3 to 5 June

The Movin’On Summit is the business-led World Summit on Sustainable Mobility FROM AMBITION TO ACTION created and inspired by Michelin Challenge Bibendum. It has been expanding over the last four years with a growing number of partners. The UN SG Special Envoy for Climate, Ambassador de Alba, came to last year’s MOS to call on the business to help the UN accelerating action on climate change and sustainable development, on the way to the Climate Action Summit in New York on September 23rd, 2019.

The 2020 edition will take place from June 3 to 5 in Montreal, Canada and welcome the ACT as well as the SuM4All Initiatives, to connect public and private sectors, setting up a global arena for dialogue and collaborative implementation of action. The main theme for this year is “Goods transportation and people mobility”, with the objective to reflect upon reducing environmental impacts while meeting social needs. This theme is divided in 5 sub-topics:

  • Combating global warming and air pollution;
  • Improving multimodal mobility;
  • Ensuring safe and accessible mobility;
  • Designing new global transport efficiency;
  • Preserving resources.

Movin’On Summit’s collaborative mindset gathers participants from all over the world representing NGOs, public authorities, academics, cities, companies and startups, and allows them to think and co-innovate on various topics related to the future of mobility. They attend working sessions, panels and keynotes with the aim of going from ambition to action, as Movin’On motto says.
Find out more about the MOS here.


Climate Chance Summit 2020

13 to 17 September

The Climate Chance Summit, from 13 to 17 September in Kigali, organized by Climate Chance together with ICLEI this year, will be a major opportunity to showcase the progress of actions across Africa, to deepen the analysis of successes and difficulties, to promote the pooling of experiences and innovations, to point out solutions for a more significant scale and highlight the opportunities for new initiatives emerging from climate action in the African continent. Mobility and sustainable transport in Africa are one of the major themes of the summit. Last year’s edition of the Climate Chance Summit in Accra brought together 2,000 participants representing 50 different nationalities (including 34 African nationalities) and a variety of non-state actors engaged in the fight against climate change: local governments, businesses, unions, environmental NGOs, farmers, Women and Youth organizations, researchers. Every year, Climate Chance request an active participation from PPMC with respect to adapting GMR approach to regional challenges -e.g. the Ivory Coast Roadmap mentioned above.

Find more information on the official website.



9 to 19 November

The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the UNFCCC is going to take place from 9-19 November 2020 in Glasgow. The climate talks will be the biggest international summit the UK has ever hosted. It will bring together over 30,000 delegates including heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change. COP26 will host a large number of sustainable, low-carbon transport events to accelerate the progress on transport decarbonization.

Find out more about COP26 on their official website.


En route to COP26 there will be various transport conferences, such as the Transport and Climate Change Week (2-6 March in Berlin), International Transport Forum Summit 2020 (27-29 May in Leipzig), MOBILIZE Summit (10-12 June) and many more.