MobiliseYourCity @COP24

6 – 8 December 2018, Katowice (Poland)

Organised by the United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the 24th Conference of Parties (COP24) took place from 3 to 14 December 2018 in Katowice Poland, under the presidency of Poland.

The MobiliseYourCity Partnership is actively engaged since COP 21 in the climate action by supporting emerging and developing cities and countries in their efforts to reduce gas emissions of urban mobility through a sustainable urban mobility planification. The year again, the Partnership, through its Secretariat and partners, joined its forces to the international community for carbon free transports under the leadership of SLoCaT Partnership (Sustainable Low Carbon Transport).

The COP 24 was the occasion to remind that more than a quarter of total emission and energy wastes are due to goods and people freight and most of them are due to urban transport. The Partnership representatives seized the opportunity during their various interventions to highlight the crucial role of urban mobility planning at the local level and the importance of assisting it at the national level to contribute to reduce substantially GHG emissions.

Interventions of MobiliseYourCity representatives:

December 6: Transport Day 2018

The Secretariat team was present all day long to liven up the MobiliseYourCity stand and answer attendees requests.

Morning Plenary session: “From Global Promises to Local Action: How to link the implementation of NDCs to the decarbonization of urban transport”, moderation by Paulina Potemski (Ministère de la Transition Ecologique et Solidaire, France), Chairwoman of MobiliseYourCity Partnership.

Afternoon plenary session:Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans: Planning for decarbonization of transport in cities”, Participation as a panellist of Maël Martinie, project Manager, CODATU, member of the Secretariat. He highlighted the importance of a robust urban mobility governance scheme move towards low carbon, inclusive and integrated urban mobility and make cities more inclusive and liveable

Break-out session:« Climate Action in Urban Transport », Presentation of the MobiliseYourCity GHG emission quantification tool by Marie Jamet, IFEU (consultant for the partnership). Facilitated by Markus Delfs, coordinator of the MobiliseYourCity Secretariat in collaboration with the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI)

December 7-8 and 13 : Side-events

 “Scaling Up Climate action in the Transport Sector”: event directed by UNFCCC and Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA) Transport segment: intervention of Maël Martinie about the impact of urban transformations on goods and people freight.

“Support for Increased Ambition in Low-Carbon Transport and Development”, organised by SLoCaT and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB): intervention of Maël Martinie on carbon-neutral transports contribution to sustainable development and the importance to raise Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) ambitions regarding transports, in particular through Sustainable Mobility Plans (SUMPs) and National Urban Mobility Policies and Programs (NUMPs).

“Promoting sustainable urban mobility together with local actors in Latin America”, organised by Euroclima+: Intervention of Paulina Potemski who reaffirm the MobiliseYourCity Partnership will to actively contribute to implement the « urban mobility » Euroclima+ component, in particular through provision of the MobiliseYourCity methodology and support documents along with an increased collaboration between both Secretariats. (Read the article).

“Decarbonisation of EU Transport: long term strategy”, MobiliseYourCity co-hosted an EU side-event at the COP24 in Katowice together with the Wuppertal Institute, UN-Habitat, Öko Institute and Transport & Environment. The event focused on decarbonisation pathways for the transport sector and the National Urban Mobility Policy and investment planning (NUMP) guide was presented, which is currently being developed in cooperation with the Urban Electric Mobility Initiative and a draft for consultation will be published shortly. During the event the critical interlinkages between national and local strategies, policies and investments were discussed and the role of an inclusive policy process was emphasised.

From Cop23 to Cop24: a year of action for MYC Partnership (MYC).

To close the transport and mobility segment, the French Pavilion hosted a MobiliseYourCity event, moderated by Maël Martinie and who took the opportunity to come back to the main principles of the Partnership as well as the latest achievements on sites, in particular in Morocco and in Cameroon.

Ronan Dantec (French senator and Chairman of the association Climate Chance) reminded the importance of the mobilisation of sub-national, including local governments, in climate action and for energy transition. Lars Gronvald (DEVCO) insisted on a necessary joint commitment from institutional partners to catalyse action.

Cécile Gracy (ADEME) presented the TRIGGER tool created to calculate urban mobility GHG emissions, developed by the German institute IFEU and operating on a MRV (monitoring-reporting-verification) principle basis. The tool, once finalised, will allow MobiliseYourCity partner cities and countries to evaluate urban mobility GHG emissions and to adopt neutral carbon scenarios in the framework of their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans elaboration.

Andy Costa (ambassador and defender of a bicycle-based mobility in Africa, founder of MyDreamForAfrica Foundationbased in Ivory Coast) as for him, reminded his commitment as an ecologist, ecopreneur, and ambassador of bicycle in Africa and presented his numerous projects for bicycle as a credible and sustainable active mobility mode in African cities.

(See his presentation video here).

Paulina Potemski (Chairwoman of the MobiliseYourCity Steering Committee – MTES) reminded the French government commitment in the fight against climate change and its support to the Partnership through her welcome words. She concluded the event by announcing the new cities and countries joining the Partnership: MobiliseYourCity is pleased to welcome Uganda and Burkina Faso at the national level, along with three new cities, Brasilia (Brazil), Niamey (Niger) and Kurunegala (Sri Lanka). Welcome to them!