100 cities are engaged in sustainable urban mobility planning
to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

MobiliseYourCity supports local governments in developing countries to plan sustainable urban mobility in order to develop more inclusive, liveable and economically efficient cities and reduce GHG emissions.

By 2020, 100 cities will be engaged in deep transformational actions through the implementation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) supported by National Sustainable Urban Transport Policies (NUTP). MobiliseYourCity aims to assist cities in their efforts to cut at least 50% of their urban transport related emissions by 2050 compared to business as usual.

With the support of a coalition of international partners (development agencies, urban and transport planning agencies, NGOs and development banks), MobiliseYourCity provides a methodological framework, capacity building and technical assistance, and facilitates access to financing at both local and national levels. The initiative will set up an international reference platform to share best practices about sustainable urban mobility planning and implementation of SUMPs and NUTPs.

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The challenge of mitigation in urban mobility

Without an ambitious transition towards low carbon transport, emissions in developing urban areas will be multiplied by 3 by 2050.

This trend can be reversed: adopting and implementing sustainable urban mobility policies has the potential to cut global urban passenger transport CO2 emissions by almost 40% by 2050 (see table on the right).

In addition, mobility is perceived as the number one investment priority in order to improve attractiveness of cities, and investments in urban mobility are expected to grow by a factor of 2.5 to reach €829 billion annually worldwide in 2050 (Arthur D. Little, The Future of Urban Mobility 2.0). This massive amount of money is a great chance to achieve the transition. However if it is devoted to supporting car-oriented mobility, GHG emissions and other negative externalities will grow drastically.

For these reasons, it is crucial and urgent to develop and implement low carbon transport policies in urban areas to achieve the following three main objectives:

  • Reduce the number of urban trips by conventionally fuelled transport for both passengers and goods through land use and transport planning integration;
  • Promote a modal shift towards active modes and public transport, as well as a structural change in vehicle use;
  • Improve vehicle energy efficiency, in particular through the acceleration of significant technological advances, and also through regulation (roadworthiness, emission and gas standards, etc.).

GRAPH-CO2 Equivalent Emissions2


Transport and GHG emissions

  • The transport sector produced 6.7 GtCO2 in 2010 and was responsible for approximately 23% of total energy-related CO2 emissions.
  • Between 2000 and 2050, transport sector related GHG emissions are projected to increase by 140%, with a very large share of that increase coming from developing countries (nearly 90%).
  • Urban transport accounts for nearly half of these emissions. Due to urbanisation trends in developing countries, two thirds of the world population will live in cities in 2050. CO2 emissions from daily mobility of persons and goods are expected to double by 2050.
  • Research shows that scenarios that give priority to urban transport and active modes are by far more affordable and sustainable than current car-dominated scenarios.

other reasons
to act!


MYC pictos bleu-pollution air

Better air quality

1 million premature deaths per year in urban areas around the world, between 2 and 5% of a country’s annual GDP

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Reduce traffic congestion

Traffic congestion costs US$ 570,000 per day in Nairobi, Kenya, i.e. more than US$ 200 million per year


Reduce road fatalities

1.24 million deaths on roads per year worldwide. Estimated cost US$ 518 billion, 1 to 3% of a country’s annual GDP

MYC pictos vert-arbreMore inclusive and liveable cities

Promoting public transport and non-motorised transport could help save US$ 100 trillion worldwide between now and 2050 and cut emissions by 40% in 2050


MYC pictos violet-dollarEconomic efficiency

Comprehensive mobility planning facilitates an optimised use of capital in relevant projects, and enhances the economic competitiveness of cities by improving logistics and access to jobs, basic services, education, etc…

The solution

At the local level

Support local decision-makers in implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan or revise it for improvement

At the national level

Support policy-makers in framing a Sustainable Urban Transport Policy


In order to

  • Accelerate implementation of sustainable urban mobility through better planning
  • Improve economic competitiveness and livability of cities worldwide by transforming urban mobility and logistics
  • Improve urban mobility systems to deliver positive results in terms of climate change mitigation and poverty alleviation
  • Strengthen inclusive and participatory urban mobility planning and related policies at local and national levels
  • Reduce transport related GHG emissions in participating cities by at least 50%
  • Cooperate with other cities, donors, and further stakeholders and support interactive exchange among each other.




GRAPH-SUMP Cycle recadré


Operational structure of the initiative

3 main workstreams:

  • Strengthening cities in their ambition to developing sustainable urban transport by implementing National Urban Mobility Policies (NUMP) including development of NAMAs
  • Taking consolidated action at local level by developing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP)
  • Establish solid financing schemes in order to secure the sustainability of resources allocated to urban mobility

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