The Transport Sector Today
Moving people and goods around the world is now faster, cheaper and more efficient than it ever was. Thanks to air travel, journeys that once took weeks or even months can now be completed within a day. Larger number of goods can now be shipped from one corner of the globe to another with the help of faster and bigger cargo ships helping international trade flourish. Meanwhile increasing access to transport have helped connect millions with better jobs, education and health care.
Demand for transport in the near future is set to increase dramatically. With half of the new world population entering the middle-class, lifestyle and mobility expectations are changing radically. By 2030, annual passenger traffic is set to increase by 50%, global freight volumes by 70% and an additional 1.2 billion cars will be on the road by 2050. Meeting this demand should not come at the expense of social exclusion, increased road accidents, traffic congestion, air and noise pollutions, emissions and environmental degradation.
Already 1 billion people in low income countries do not have access to an all-weather road. More than 1.25 million people continue to be killed in the world’s roadways every year and 50 million injured. Transport is responsible for 64% of global oil consumption and 23% of energy related green-house gas emissions. It is time to re-examine how transport can ensure that “no one is left behind” and mobility is safe, efficient and climate-responsive. Unless these four goals are pursued simultaneously, it is already clear that it will not be possible to realize the promise of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
It is undeniable that the future of mobility will have serious consequences for the well-being of people and the planet. The stakes involved in the future of the transport sector and the mobility demands of tomorrow are far too great be ignored especially given its central importance to eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development. We have a shared global responsibility to ensure that the transport sector moves in a direction that is environmentally, economically and socially acceptable.
Sustainable Mobility for All
The Sustainable Mobility for All initiative set up in 2016, brought together a diverse and influential group of organizations in the transport sector, to speak with one global voice and act collectively to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and transform the transport sector.
Our ambition is to realize a vision of mobility that is:
Equitable: Ensure that everyone can use transport services and thus be able to take advantage of economic and social opportunities, including people of any income level, gender, age, disability status, and geographical area.
Efficient: Meeting the demand for transport effectively and at reasonable cost across geographic areas.
Safe: Significantly reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities from transportation mishaps across all modes of transport.
Clean: Lowering the environmental footprint of the sector to combat climate change and pollution.
We seek to reshape the mobility agenda through:
Advocacy: Bringing coherence to international, national, and local transport policy and investment. More predictable and consistent policy will be key to attracting investment and making real change happen.
Action: Our partners bring a proven track record of turning ambitious ideas into action, and supporting governments on their paths toward sustainable mobility.
Financing: Sum4All and its partners are working to leverage the financing required to implement sustainable mobility policies and investment around the globe.
SuM4All brings together a diverse and high-level group of stakeholders committed to transforming mobility. They include: Member States, Multilateral Development Banks, Bilateral Donor Organizations, Global Civil Society Organizations, Private Sector, UN Agencies/Programs/Regional Commissions, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and Academic Institutions.
Timeline of Achievements