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UN-HABITAT and UNEP Launch Sustainable Urban Transport Initiative in East Africa

18 January 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have launched a regional model initiative to promote the implementation of sustainable urban transport solutions in East African cities.

The project will be carried out in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, and aims to: develop strategies for better public transport services; improve infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists; and implement other measures to reduce the need for motorized travel in metropolitan areas. It will support national and local governments in providing attractive low-carbon mobility solutions that represent alternatives aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions and mitigating climate change.

The initiative emphasizes sustainable urban mobility as a critical element for successful sustainable cities. The initiative was announced at start-up meetings held in Nairobi, Kampala, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during the month of January 2011, which were attended by senior government officials, stakeholders from the public transit industry, representatives of development institutions and local universities. The initiative is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). [UN-HABITAT Press Release]