UNDESA and Regional Development Banks Launch Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport

25 September 2009: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank are among more than 30 members of the new Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT).

The partnership was launched officially in Bangkok, Thailand, on 25 September 2009, and seeks to contribute options and advice on the development of sustainable transport systems worldwide to inform the international climate change negotiations. It will also contribute to discussions in the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), which will consider transportation among other issues during the next two sessions. The partnership's establishment follows the May 2009 Bellagio Declaration on Transportation and Climate Change, which called for overhauling transport systems with more sustainable, low-carbon solutions and approaches. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have also signed on as partners. [UN press release]