Accomplishing the SDGs will rely on advances in mobility. For example, global progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions (SDG 13) cannot be realized without decisive action on energy (SDG 7) and sustainable transport. Countries cannot provide food security (SDG 2) or healthcare (SDG 3) without providing reliable and sustainable transport systems. Young people cannot attend schools (SDG 4), women cannot be assured opportunities for employment and empowerment (SDG 5), and people with disabilities and elderly people cannot maintain their independence and dignity without safe transport that is accessible to all. Personal security for all passengers is critical. Goals of biodiversity (SDG 15) and ocean health (SDG 14) also have significant intersections with the promotion of smart, sustainable mobility practices across regions and across modes. Finally, strengthening the means of implementation (SDG17) of the SDGs with coherent policies are also central for transportation.
Two SDG targets are directly transport-related.
- Target 3.6
By 2020 to halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.
- Target 11. 2
Aims to, by 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations - women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons.