The third and fourth days of the EcoMobility days brought together transportation experts and local representatives to exchange on numerous key topics to advance sustainable urban mobility under the New Urban Agenda, the outcome of the Habitat 3 conference in Quito, Ecuador.
The third day opened with a high level panel on the future of urban mobility. A rich and lively discussion took on between Monika Zimmermann, Deputy Secretary General of ICLEI, Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk, Deputy Director General of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Sheila Watson, Deputy Director of the FIA Foundation, Johannes Karremans Director Technical Assistance of EUROCLIMA Program, Clayton Lane, CEO of ITDP and Marcelo Narvaez, Director of Planning at the Secretariat of Mobility, Quito, Ecuador.
Beyond its dramatic effects on climate change, air pollution killed 3,7 million people in 2012, particularly in the Global South. This issue is even more crucial as transportation is growing all over the world. Presentations focused on easy-to-implement solutions and quick wins to achieve clean air in cities.
Benefitting from the presence of many representatives from Latin American cities, the afternoon session focused on sustainable transport in Latin American cities. The session outlined various approaches to mobility as well as some common challenges faced by cities such as the difficulty to ensure accessibility to public transport to all echelons in a city.
The day ended with a session focusing on safe and healthy routes to school, a theme that was successfully included in the New Urban Agenda thanks to the lobbying work of FIA Foundation (@FIAfdn). Today, road crashes are the number one killer of 15 to 29 years old in the world and soon expected to be the number one killer for 4 to 15 years old children. This issue is of prime importance in all cities where most children go to school by foot.
The fourth day was the occasion for city representatives and representatives from the private sector to discuss the advantages and risks associated with Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and to share about cities’ experiences and challenges related to Active Mobility.
The EcoMobility Open Days ended after this final morning and participants were invited to join the Transport Day that was jointly organized by ICLEI and the Partnership for Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT).