On October 26-28, 2015, TCC attended the 2nd UN meeting on indicators for the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2015-2030, meant to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which have run their course for 2000-2015. GIZ’s Transport & Climate Change Project (TCC) attended on behalf of the broader Partnership on Sustainable Low-Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), to ensure that sustainable transport was included among the hundreds of targets and indicators for the 17 SDGs chosen.
SLoCaT had already actively followed the proceedings, written about the negotiations, and submitted written suggestions for how to maintain and improve indicators for transport. While transport did appear under a few goals, it was seldom mentioned (the word transport appearing only three times, twice under the same goal [Goal 11]). Transport was only seen as a sub-issue to greater urban and metropolitan topics, which are garnering a lot of attention. There is a broader push to ensure that ‘smarter cities’ are also ‘inclusive cities’, considering vulnerable populations, and a range of gender and social considerations.
TCC was active in the civic society meetings and online groups and fora to ensure that universal access to safe, affordable, and clean mobility was enshrined among the indicators. This suggestion was well-accepted, and supported by UN-Habitat and SDSN. In fact, the key transport indicator that appears in the current draft (to be finalised at a later date) came from SLoCaT itself. Several suggestions were added by Brazil, Poland, Mexico, Bahrain, and Jamaica, but it was ultimately agreed to keep a broader global indicator, that could later be narrowed down on a regional and national level.
As for next steps, TCC and SLoCaT will continue its engagement online for as long as commenting is open, and will be present at the COP21 in Paris to continue discussions.