Enhancing its commitment to finding sustainable solutions for the urban transport problems of the future, REEEP has become the newest member of SloCaT, a multi-stakeholder partnership of over 80 organizations (representing UN organizations, multilateral and bilateral development organizations, NGOs and foundations, academia and the business sector) that promotes the integration on sustainable transport in global policies on sustainable development and climate change.
REEEP became this month the newest member of the global partnership for sustainable transport SloCaT, increasing its commitment to finding affordable, sustainable solutions to the transport problems facing cities now and in the future.
SloCaT was established in 2009 by a coalition of 18 organizations working on transport and climate change in developing countries as a response to growing CO2 emissions from transport in the developing world. These emissions are projected to increase 57% worldwide over the period of 2005 to 2030. In Asia and Latin America, transport represents the fastest growing sector in terms of emissions, and will contribute the largest share of the global increase in transport-related CO2 emissions. Apart from merely releasing CO2, current urban transport in developing countries results in enormous levels of pollution, congestion, traffic accidents, and a general decrease in the quality of life. Better, sustainable transport not only addresses these concerns, it leads to increases in productivity and overall economic development, helping lift city dwellers from poverty.
SloCaT is guided by the principle that effective climate action is incomplete without addressing the transport sector, and has four key objectives: first, to ingegrate sustainable, low-carbon transport in climate negotiations and national and local climate policies and programs; second, to integrate climate considerations into transport policies; third, to "mainstream" sustainable transport into the guiding strategies and operaitons of international development organizations; and fourth, to contribute to sustainable development and the millenium development goals through access to goods and services for lower income groups.
SloCaT's membership includes organizations such as The World Bank, the African Development Bank, the UN Environment Program, and many others.