Although sustainable transport is not represented by a standalone SDG in the 2030 Agenda, it is mainstreamed in a direct or indirect manner into many of the proposed SDGs, especially those related to food security, health, energy, infrastructure, cities and human settlements, and climate change.

Here is why transformative and sustainable urban mobility is essential to achieving most if not all Sustainable Development Goals! (SDGs)



Transport Relevant SDG Targets. (Courtesy SloCaT)



The 2030 Agenda states that sustainable transport systems, along with universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy services, quality and resilient infrastructure, and other policies that increase productive capacities, would build strong economic foundations for all countries.

Transport contributes directly to five targets on road safety (Target 3.6); energy efficiency (Target 7.3); sustainable infrastructure (Target 9.1), urban access (Target 11.2), and fossil fuel subsidies (Target 12.c) emphasize that sustainable transport is not needed solely for its own sake, but rather is essential to facilitate the achievement of a wide variety of SDGs.

Transport also contributes indirectly to seven SDG targets on agricultural productivity (Target 2.3), air pollution (Target 3.9), access to safe drinking water (Target 6.1), sustainable cities (Target 11.6), reduction of food loss (Target 12.3), climate change adaptation (Target 13.1), and climate change mitigation (Target 13.2).

The Inter-agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs)has been tasked to develop a solid framework of indicators and statistical data to monitor progress, inform policy and ensure accountability of all stakeholders. Transport is directly related to five SDG indicators in the final list from the IAEG-SDGs.

Final Take:

Any startup, policy maker, development agency, government and all other stakeholders working towards sustainable urban mobility need to align themselves with SDG 3,7,9,11 and 12 which are fundamental and directly relate to achieving sustainable urban mobility. The Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) Startup Aceelerator is doing it are you?

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