Voluntary Commitments on Sustainable Transport


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Presented at a Rio+20 Side Event on June 16, 2012, at the EU Pavilion in the Athlete's Park in Rio de Janeiro.

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  • Good afternoon. I am pleased to join you today, and to talk about the voluntary commitments made on sustainable transport, by a group of multilateral development banks as well as various partners convened under the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport.
  • I’d like to begin by setting the scene. As you know, Rio+20 is about discussing and agreeing on how to implement our shared vision of sustainable development. Implementing sustainable development requires the actions of all stakeholders – from individuals, private companies, governments, to international organizations like ours. This is why the UN is calling for all participants to make voluntary commitments, which will help deliver concrete results for sustainable development. Transport, as highlighted by our previous speaker Michael Replogle, is a key enabler for sustainable development. This is recognized in a speech recently given by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, who noted that he “look(s) forward to new commitments and initiatives on critical challenges -- from job creation and social protection, to energy, transportation and food security.”
  • In answer to this call for action, many organizations across the world, convened under the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport, have been making Voluntary Commitments on sustainable transport. We are anticipating around 15 Voluntary Commitments to be submitted in the course of Rio+20, covering themes such as road safety, fuel economy and fuel standards, urban transport, non-motorized transport, public transport, and green freight. These Voluntary Commitments are made at global, regional, national and urban levels, and covers all world regions. It is encouraging that many of these Voluntary Commitments have an emphasis on the south – i.e. developing countries, where the challenges are greatest and the potential for positive change is also greatest.
  • << SKIP THIS SLIDE IF MICHAEL REPLOGLE ALREADY PROVIDES THIS>> Michael talked about how transport can contribute to sustainable development, the kinds of broad goals which we can consider, and a roadmap that could take us there. Just to reiterate, these Voluntary Commitments can also be seen to be contributing to the three main strategies which are now being generally recognized as the pillars for sustainable, low carbon transport. These are: Avoiding, or reducing the need to travel Shifting to more efficient modes of transport Improving fuel and vehicle technologies
  • There is a growing recognition amongst us, that for sustainable transport to fully develop, we need to address four “building blocks”, namely Financing, Policies, Capacity (building) and Knowledge. I’d like to illustrate, how the 15 Voluntary Commitments being made on sustainable transport, holistically cover all these aspects.
  • Let us start with those that focus on financing.
  • Here, the main commitment is one made by eight Multilateral Development Banks – comprising the African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, CAF-Development Bank of Latin America, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank, Inter-american Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, and World Bank.Over the coming decade we want to build on our long history of supporting transport, and continue to play a leading role in providing financial support for transport in developing countries. These investments will help to develop more sustainable transport– transport that is accessible, affordable, efficient, financially sustainable, environment friendly, and safe. The financial support provided by our organizations will help develop and implement sound policies for sustainable transport, build capacity of institutions, finance projects and disseminate best practices.To monitor our progress towards meeting our commitment, we will be introducing annual reporting on our sustainable transport related lending and to developing common arrangements for this purpose. We will be announcing details on our Voluntary Commitment at a Press Conference to be held in the morning of the 20th June, here in Rio. I hope to see many of you there.
  • Now I turn to Voluntary Commitments which focus on supporting sound policy development for sustainable transport.
  • Here, we see for example a Voluntary Commitment led by UNCRD which pledges ongoing support to intergovernmental policy forums in the developing regions of the world. In addition, we anticipate Voluntary Commitments which focus on specific elements of sustainable transport policy, including those which: Help promote fuel economy and fuel quality standards across the world, Set goals and objectives in public transport and railways, and Provide developing countries with policy concepts for financing arrangements and urban planning.
  • Turning now to Voluntary Commitments which focus on capacity building…
  • We see for example Voluntary Commitments which will develop training material on aspects of sustainable transport, such as cycling and road safety. This is coupled with hands-on work with cities to help develop sustainable transport policies and projects.
  • Finally, turning to those which touch upon knowledge….
  • We see a number of Voluntary Commitments which will help create new knowledge, and develop tools and guidelines to facilitate the scaling-up of sustainable transport, in specialized areas such as BRT, cycling and green freight. Some Voluntary Commitments also help improve access to existing and new knowledge, through the creation of databases for instance.
  • In all the four categories we have explored, we see that collectively the organizations making the Voluntary Commitments will utilize resources of all kinds – financial, human, organizational and networks - to deliver on the pledges made.
  • To ensure that we walk the talk after these Voluntary Commitments are made, we need to be mindful of a number of key issues. First, we need to monitor our progress, and continue to hold ourselves to account, against what we promise here in Rio. Second, we need to further discuss how to ensure the highest amount of synergies between our Voluntary Commitments. Third, we need to better understand, how our Voluntary Commitments will support the delivery of a Sustainable Development Goal on Transport, if this does come about. We do not have the full answers yet to these questions, but let us use this opportunity today, to start thinking on how we progress from here.
  • I’d like to conclude by summarizing some key messages in view of Rio+20. First, the various Voluntary Commitments we see coming out of our organizations is testimony that we, the sustainable transport community, are ready to contribute to the success of Rio+20. Our Voluntary Commitments collectively cover: All types of transport, ranging from nonmotorized transport to road and rail, The four “building blocks” of financing, policy, capacity and knowledge, All world regions – and especially developing regions such as Asia, Africa and Latin America. Let us send out a clear message, that transport is ready to be part of the solution for sustainable transport.
  • Thank you very much for your attention. I would be happy to answer any questions.
  • Voluntary Commitments on Sustainable Transport

    1. 1. Voluntary Commitments onSustainable TransportTyrrell DuncanDirector, East Asia Transport Side Event: Sustainable Transport Contribution toDivision, concurrently Practice Rio+20 and its ImplementationLeader (Transport) 16 June 2012Asian Development Bank
    2. 2. Voluntary Commitments: A major feature of Rio+20• Rio+20 is about implementation• All participants being encouraged to make voluntary commitments to deliver concrete results for sustainable development “I look forward to new commitments and initiatives on critical challenges -- from job creation and social protection, to energy, transportation and food security.” – Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General, United Nations
    3. 3. Overview of Voluntary Commitments onsustainable transport• Coordinated by SLoCaT Road safety Partnership, includes Fuel development Public transport economy and fuel banks, international standards organizations, NGOs, etc. Sustainable transport• 15 VCs to be submitted Non- Green• Global, regional, national freight motorized transport and urban level Urban• Covers all world transport regions, with emphasis on the south
    4. 4. Sustainable Transport Commitments –Envisaged impact: Solutions for Sustainable Transport Avoid Shift Improve Avoid or Reduce Shift to more Improve fuel andthe need to travel efficient transport vehicle modes technologies
    5. 5. Coverage of all key building blocks forsustainable transport Financing Policies Sustainable Transport Capacity Knowledge
    6. 6. Voluntary Commitments on Financing Financing Policies Sustainable Transport Capacity Knowledge
    7. 7. Financing• Commitment by 8 Multilateral Development Banks (AfDB, ADB, CAF, EBRD, EIB, IDB, IsDB, and WB)• Significant level of financial support over the next 10 years, from MDBs but also others to help develop sustainable transport and leverage domestic and private sector financing• Annual reporting on sustainable transport related lending in coordination with SLoCaT
    8. 8. Voluntary Commitments on Policies Financing Policies Sustainable Transport Capacity Knowledge
    9. 9. Policies• Intergovernmental EST policy forums in Asia, Africa and Latin America led by UNCRD with inputs from several other SLoCaT members• Promote global standards on e.g. fuel economy and fuel quality• Public transport and rail sector goals and objectives• Policy concepts on financing arrangements, road safety and urban planning
    10. 10. Voluntary Commitments on Institutionsand Capacity Building Financing Policies Sustainable Transport Capacity Knowledge
    11. 11. Capacity development• Development and implementation of training: general sustainable transport, specialized areas such as cycling, road safety• Hands-on work with cities to strengthen their capacities to develop policies and projects and successfully implement these
    12. 12. Voluntary Commitments onKnowledge/Expertise Financing Policies Sustainable Transport Capacity Knowledge
    13. 13. Knowledge• Create new knowledge• Development of tools and guidelines to facilitate scaling up of sustainable transport projects and practices: BRT, Cycling, Freight, Road Safety• Improve access to information
    14. 14. Resources to activate and implement VCs Human (skills Financial Organizational Networks and expertise)
    15. 15. Key issues to keep in mind• Will the Voluntary Commitments be delivered as promised? How can we monitor our progress?• How to ensure synergy between the individual Voluntary Commitments?• How can we support the delivery of a potential SDG in transport, e.g. “Universal Access to Clean Safe and Affordable Transport”?• How to link the implementation of transport Voluntary Commitments to other transport initiatives, including a possible Secretary General’s panel on sustainable transport?
    16. 16. Concluding Message for Rio+20• The sustainable transport community is ready to contribute to the success of Rio+20• Voluntary Commitments collectively cover: ▫ All types of transport ▫ All building blocks ▫ All world regions• Transport is ready to be part of the solution!• www.slocat.net/rio20-vc
    17. 17. Thank you for your attentionTyrrell Duncantduncan@adb.org