October 2018, Santiago de Chile (Chile)
The « II Conference of the Cities: towards a more safe, affordable and sustainable mobility in Latin America and the Caribbean », organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), was held in October 2018. The Conference brought together the partners of the EUROCLIMA+ Urban Mobility Component, a Latin America regional program related with the MobiliseYourCity Partnership, resulting in a major event on urban mobility and public transport in the region.
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Agence Française du Développement (AFD) are implementing urban mobility projects together with ECLAC and UNEP. Nineteen projects, 3 National Urban Mobility Policies (NUMP), 7 Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) and 9 Pilot Projects are implemented in 12 Latin-American countries. A Community of Practice aims the interaction, dialogue, reflection and exchange among practitioners and decision makers as well as replication in the region.
The conference delved into topics such as financing, health and climate change, local governments role, use of smart technologies, generating a broad view of the state of the art and current challenges of urban mobility. Furthermore, EUROCLIMA+ partners had the opportunity to present the different initiatives that they are developing, crossing the objectives of each initiative with the main topics mentioned above. Additionally, a specific session was carried-on to present the planned Community of Practice. In this way, the Conference succeed as encounter and exchange between the projects, financing institutes and experts. The Conference week closed with a workshop on Project Preparation of Sustainable Mobility Projects organised by the Transforming Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI), where the criteria, methodologies and experience in formulating projects was deepened as well as carrying out practical exercises related to the prioritization of budgets.
The MobiliseYourCity Partnership was present through a stand during the conference, inviting the attending cities to get involved with the Partnership. The stand received a lot of attention from EUROCLIMA+ partners as well as other Latin-American local and national government representatives, transport experts and academia. The NUMP and SUMP developed in the EUROCLIMA+ programme are based on the MobiliseYourCity methodology making use of the global expertise of the partnership.