Moving in the right direction: UNITAR-CIFAL promote sustainable urban mobility
9 October 2012, Geneva, Switzerland –
Over the last decade, European Mobility Week has provided invaluable support to cities in the creation of a more pleasant and healthy environment for citizens by encouraging them to reduce traffic congestion and promote sustainable and human-powered means of transport. Building on their respective comparative advantages, UNITAR and its network of international affiliated training centers for local actors – the CIFAL Network – have recently made numerous successful contributions to the future of sustainable mobility through workshops, seminars and e-Learning activities and will continue to do so throughout the coming year.
UNITAR and the CIFAL network focus on the capacity development of local actors in order to achieve sustainable urbanization in the context of increased responsibilities of local authorities. Sustainable urban mobility in particular is an issue which holds a substantial place within the work of UNITAR and the CIFAL network. A noteworthy online course held by UNITAR in partnership with the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ) entitled ‘Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries’ seeks to enhance the capacity of local decision makers and urban transport planners to formulate and implement appropriate policies that contribute to sustainability in urban transport in developing countries. This is achieved through the presentation of alternative solutions and approaches in the area of urban transport planning that target a more sustainable transport system. The dates for the next UNITAR online session of this course on 'Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries' are 26 November to 15 March 2013 and the deadline for enrollment is 21 November 2012.
The Sustainable Transportation Systems Training Course (held in May 2012) is a CIFAL based initiative providing support for the future of urban mobility, held under the framework of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Training Centre (KLRTC) or CIFAL Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). This training initiative provides excellent examples of how local governments have effectively developed and promoted public transport operations and management in Asia, and in other developed country contexts as well. CIFAL Curitiba (Brazil) works together with the Working Group of Urban Development disseminating training through annual workshops, seminars and international photo contests and therefore functions as an important integration platform for member cities to exchange experiences in city management, urban development and mobility.
Among the most recent of these training and outreach activities, CIFAL Plock (Poland) has provided a unique and noteworthy contribution to European Mobility Week. From 16 to 22 September 2012, CIFAL Plock organized a festival aimed at the youth of Plock and consisting of art exhibitions and short lectures in conjunction with the support of the Regional Environmental Education Centre and Plock’s local police authority. A round table event was also part of the initiative in which Plock municipality officials presented their campaign philosophy and the idea of sustainable transport. Attendants then briefly discussed Plock’s contribution to the ecological path of urban transport. The meeting ended on a positive note with contributing parties ‘signing-up’ to show their commitment to building a more sustainable city. In December 2012, CIFAL Plock will also hold a conference and workshop discussing public and private partnerships in transport and road infrastructure. The application process for that event shall open in due course.