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!

MobiliseYourCity @Rabat to train 13 Maroccan cities to MRV-GHG methods on urban transports

November 13-15 2018, Rabat (Morocco)

A training session involving 13 Maroccan cities in calculating GHG emissions in urban mobility took place in Rabat (Morocco) on November 13th to 15th in the frame of MobiliseYourCity Partnership.

The Marocan Minister of the Interior (DGCL), the MobiliseYourCity Partnership, the French Environment & Energy Management Agency (ADEME) and the consulting company I Care and Consult organised a training session to Maroccan cities committed in the MobiliseYourCity Initiative for a sustainable urban mobility launched during the COP 21.

A plenary day gathered around forty attendees, representing the relevant 13 Maroccan cities (Rabat-Salé-Temara, the Great Casablanca, Oujda, Kenitra, Khouribga, Marrakech, Agadir, Beni-Mellal, El-Jadida, Fès, Safi, Settat, Khemisset).

The morning session was dedicated to awarness modules regarding climate and greenhouse gaz emissions in urban transports, presented by the consulting company I Care and Consult, appointed by the ADEME.

  • Module n°1 enabled a discussion on general principles regarding greenhouse gaz and climate change: how can it be scientifically explained? Which Global Governance on the topic? What are the strategies and national policies developed by Marocco in that field?
  • Module n°2 was centered on the main principles of the MRV-GHG (Monitoring-Reporting-Verification on greenhouse gaz) approach and on scenarii of emissions mitigation: which steps for such a process? Which methodology to apply? What are the co-benefits, in particular regarding air quality?
  • Module n°3 allowed a territorial practice of the MRV-GHG approach implementing process for the urban transports sector: what data should be used to calculate GHG emissions and how to chose them regarding the different transport modes? What services should be included in monitoring committees in order to produce a coordinated work on that topic? What are the existing supporting tools to this approach and how to use them?

TRIGGER, a tool developed by IFEU and mandated by GIZ, was presented. This tool, developed in the frame of MobiliseYourCity, was specifically calibrated for the evaluation of GHG emissions in urban transports on a given territory (local or national). It also enabled the establishment of prospective scenarii in accordance with hypothesis, for example on the modal split or the energy consumption. The 13 Partner cities of MobiliseYourCity Morocco took the opportunity to discover the functioning principles and the data used to fill it. This first approach of the tool will have to be strengthened by other more detailed pick up sessions.

During the afternoon, the urban mobility Monitoring System (SSMU in French) developed by the Directorate General for Local Communities (DGCL in French) was presented. It enables the urban mobility-oriented informations, provided by Maroccan cities, to be centralised in order to have a better understanding and overview on the stakes they are facing, and to monitor them over time. CEREMA also presented the idea and principles of a local Observatory on mobility and the monitoring indicators to implement. To do so, they relied on the Oujda case that they already assist for its own observatory.

The representants of the 13 MobiliseYourCity Partner cities expressed their expectations regarding the urban mobility measures monitoring and evaluation methodology and their impact on climate. This training day also registers as the first MobiliseYourCity Morocco city Club event. A comprehensive action program will be established through the abundant contributions and participations from the city members.

The following days focused on a specific assistance of 3 pilote cities (Rabat-Salé-Temara, Le Grand Casablanca et Oujda) in order to get an overview of the local existing resources to implement the MRV-GHG approach, and to gather their expectations on the urban transports and climate related topic. The three cities volunteered on this topic and identified their assistance needs, and in particular a governance implementation (for example working groups involving environmental public services), on how to get relevant data and on the TRIGGER tool pick up.

The second MobiliseYourCity Morocco City Club training session will take place during the first 2019 quarter and will permit the data collection and development of scenarii regarding the GHG impact of urban transport choices.

MobiliseYourCity @ ClimateChanceAfrica 2018 in Abidjan / Ivory Coast

Training beneficiary cities and countries in calculating GHG emissions in urban mobility

Key figures :

1 full day seminar organised by the MobiliseYourCity Secretariat with 25 representatives from cities and African countries involved in the Partnership on the calculation of GHG emissions in urban mobility (June 27th 2018)

2 days of African Summit gathering non-state actors invovled in the fight against climate change in Abidjan

7 nationalities represented at the seminar MobiliseYourCity

10 thematic workshops to define roadmaps to fight against climate change in Africa, including 1 workshop animated by CODATU and PPMC on the decarbonisation of transport in Africa.

+ 500 participants at the Climate Chance Summit from more than 40 different countries to coalesce and propose concrete solutions in terms of mitigation and adaptation to climate change.


The third edition of the Climate Chance summit took place on June 28th and 29th 2018 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The ambition of this summit was to bring together the community of non-state actors from all over Africa (communities, companies, NGOs, unions, the scientific community, young people …) engaged in the fight against climate change and their associated networks. Ten African action coalitions met in thematic workshops to highlight good practices, inspiring climate action projects in Africa, and worked on operational thematic roadmaps for the African context.


As a continuation of Climate Chance 2017 in Agadir, Morocco, the MobiliseYourCity Secretariat organised a seminar prior to this summit to bring together members of the MobiliseYourCity Africa community of practice. This seminar helped strengthen the capacities of the beneficiary partners on a key method of sustainable transport planning: the MRV (Monitoring, Reporting and Verification) approach on greenhouse gas emissions. Experts have intervened to train the representatives of the cities and beneficiary countries on this subject and to present the Greenhouse gas emission calculation tool which is under development and will be available in the coming months to be used by the beneficiary cities of the Partnership.



Throughout the day, the 25 participants from Cameroon, Senegal, Togo, Tunisia, Morocco, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast have adopted the approach proposed by MobiliseYourCity to measure greenhouse gas emissions in urban mobility in order to better understand this important topic and implement it in their respective cities / countries.

The seminar was also an opportunity to present the progress of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in the cities of Rabat, Yaoundé, Douala and Dakar supported by MobiliseYourCity and to discuss the topic of digital in sustainable urban mobility and its planning.




On the occasion of the closing reception of the seminar, the Chair of the Steering Committee Paulina Potemski delivered the partnership certificate to the mayor of the city of Ouagadougou who recently joined the Partnership.

On the left, Mrs. Paulina Potemski, President of the Steering Committee of the MobiliseYourCity Partnership, in the middle Mr. Armand Beouinde Mayor of the city of Ouagadougou and on the right, Mr. Ronan Dantec Senator of Loire Atlantique and President of the Climate Chance Association.





On June 29th, CODATU, a founding member of the Partnership, co-hosted a workshop on sustainable urban transport in African cities with PPMC (Paris Partnership on Mobility and Climate).

This participatory workshop has been extremely productive in developing concrete solutions to improve mobility in African countries and reduce the sector’s GHG emissions.






A representative of MobiliseYourCity also spoke at the closing plenary of the Climate Chance Summit to present, together with the representative of the city of Douala responsible for planning urban mobility, the results of the seminar. They also presented the GHG measurement tool for urban mobility as a contribution to cities’ efforts to combat climate change.







Finally, members of the Secretariat and the President of MobiliseYourCity Steering Committee met, at his request, Mr. Robert Beugré Mambé, Governor of the Autonomous District of Abidjan. This meeting with the highest authority shows the political involvement of the city and was the opportunity to officially hand over the MobiliseYourCity certificate to the Governor.

On the left, Mr Robert Beugré Mambé, Governor of the Autonomous District of Abidjan. On the right, Mrs. Paulina Potemski, president of the MobiliseYourCity Partnership.




Thus, these 3 days have really made it possible to strengthen the capacities of the cities MobiliseYourCity in calculating GHG emissions, to strengthen the links between the representatives, to support the community of practice MYC Africa, and finally to register the initiative and its actors in African cities in mobilising non-state actors against climate change.

Working Group at the Transport Workshop, Climate Chance Summit, June 29 2018

The next edition of Climate Chance Africa will take place in Accra, Ghana, in 2019.

More information about the Summit and how MobiliseYourCity took part in it (VF) :

MRV GHG formation session #2 in Rabat

A 2nd training session involving 13 Moroccan cities from the Club of Cities MobiliseYourCity in calculating Green House Gaz emissions in urban mobility took place in Rabat on February 27th.


The Minister of Home Affairs (Direction General des Collectivités Locales), the MobiliseYourCity Partnership, the French Environment & Energy Management Agency (ADEME) and CEREMA organised a training session for local executive officials in charge of environment and urban mobility. This day gathered around forty attendees, partners and members of the Club of Cities MobiliseYourCity Morocco (Rabat-Salé-Temara, le Grand Casablanca, Oujda, Kenitra, Khouribga, Marrakech, Agadir, Beni-Mellal, El-Jadida, Fès, Safi, Settat, Khemisset).

The day was articulated around three units:

* Finance-Climate and GHG evaluation-reporting as an eligibility criterion

  • * Urban mobility and Air quality
  • International and Moroccan expériences.

* Content of the formation



The Global Fund for Cities Development (FMDV[1] in French) presented financing mechanisms to finance the actions contributing to the fight against climate change, and the necessity to implement a Greenhouse Gaz Monitoring-Reporting-Verification (GHG – MRV) measuring system in order to make the relevant projects eligible to those funding. Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB) presented a method (SuReStandard, codeveloped with Natixis) aiming at evaluating projects of sustainable and resilient infrastructures with regards to a wide range of criteria related to economic performance, social and environmental issues. The tool used for the evaluations, SmartScan, was also presented. The City of Marrakech shared its experience in acquiring financial support to implement sustainable mobility actions, notably to the Global Environment Fund (GEF) supported by UNDP, and an integrated project in progress to the Global Climate Fund (GCF).

I Care&Consult addressed the air quality thematic bridging it with traffic, and presenting the main polluting agents, their impacts on public health and on the environment, the tools and the monitoring methods, along with the co-benefits between sectorial air quality improvement and GHG reduction strategies to be integrated into urban planification approaches.

The City of Agadir presented the actions implemented in the framework of its Urban Mobility Plan: 1st Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Chronobus line, pedestrianisation of a quarter, self-service bicycle stations, Mobility Plan for the city officials (PDA), citizen awareness campaigns, etc.

The participative approach and the scope of intervention on the Great Agadir area are two priorities of the Urban Mobility Plan. The Great Agadir developed systems to count the traffic, to measure the air pollution, to evaluate the emissions related to the implementation of urban mobility plans and an Observatory of mobilities.

The Secretary of State in charge of Sustainable Development presented the National Inventory System of GHG in Morocco, its achievements and perspectives. I Care&Consult presented the TRIGGER tool, developed by the GIZ and the IFEU, which is the standard method used for the GHG MRV of cities committed with MobiliseYourCity at the international level. It is a calculating tool measuring GHG emissions and allowing the elaboration of climate scenarios into different perspectives and regarding urban mobility politics and measures. The steps to use the tool and its various functions were also presented. In April 2019, the consolidated version of TRIGGER will be released, the tool will be adapted to the context of Morocco to make its use easier for Moroccan cities.

CEREMA presented the Mobility Energy Emissions Diagnosis (DEEM) method based on the experience of three French local authorities: Lille, Toulouse and Val d’Azette. The DEEM are based on Households Mobility surveys, cordon surveys, surveys on Public Urban Transports. They allow a state of play before the elaboration of mobility plans, to compare scenarios, to propose efficient and better adapted actions when they are based on an in-depth understanding of individual mobilities.

Finally, the City of Oujda closed the day with its presentation of its Sustainable Energy Strategy. In 2015, an Emission Baseline Survey (IRE in French) was established based on a real or estimative data based on type of vehicles, and on the basis of fuel consumption. The objective of the city in its 2010 Strategy Horizon is to reduce CO2 emissions by 20%, across all industries. The actions which can be enlighted among the Sustainable Energy Action Plan (PAED), for the transport sector, are: the layout of 12 exchange centres, the improvement of goods delivery in the city-centre, the layout of bus lanes and of 3 BRT, the creation of an observatory of mobility. The PAED is integrated to the Communal Action Plan (PAC) 2017-2020. The Community of Oujda has successfully developed city-to-city cooperations with Lille (France), Dakar (Senegal), Antirabe (Madagascar) and is supported by various programs and partnerships (MobiliseYourCity, CoMun, Jiha Tinou, Villes Vertes, APIELO, Finance Climat, Associations Marocaines des Eco-Villes, etc).

The following days were designed to pursue the specific support of 3 pilot cities (Oujda, Rabat-Salé-Temara, Great Casablanca) to initiate the territorial executives to the use of the TRIGGER tool

Next steps

The third specific support session will be held by June 2019 and will allow to finalise and make real the adaptation of the TRIGGER tool to the 3 pilot cities. An action plan will be offered for the GHG-MRV approach, its adaptation and dissemination to the Moroccan cities (data collection, development of scenarios considering the impact of mobility measures on the GHG emissions and permitting the decision making). A guide on the GHG-MRV measures will be written for Moroccan territorial executive purposes.

[1] Fond Mondial pour le Développement des Villes

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?

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.

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

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 @ SSATP annual meeting, 2-6 July 2018, Abuja/Nigeria

On July 2nd, the first day of the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Sub-Sahara Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP), its Pillar B on Urban Mobility was opened by the pillar lead, Mr. Zemedkun Girma. It started with sessions hosted by the MobiliseYourCity Partnership in cooperation with the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI), and ISOCARP.

The sessions were attended by over 80 participants, including senior government officials from African countries, representatives from the private sector and multilateral organisations like AfDB, World Bank and UNECA.

The first session, delivered by Holger Dalkmann, included three elements: Sharing opportunities through new global initiatives; presentation and discussion onprinciples for sustainable urban mobility and National Urban Mobility Policies and Investment Programs (NUMP). The nine principles on urban sustainable mobility highlighted the importance of a wide range of actions linked to the AVOID-SHIFT-IMPROVE paradigm. The importance of enabling factors throughinstitutional strengtheningcapacity building and financing were stressed by many participants. For the future of capacity building it was seen as key to pay more attention to the education at universities so that engineers and planners have access to the state of the art knowledge on sustainable urban transport solutions and design. The SSATP program on collaborating with African universities was seen as a good example to move forward.

  • TheTransformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) and the MobiliseYourCity Partnership raised high interest among the participants and some members already shared their positive experience benefitting from its capacity building and technical assistance. In addition, the new High Volume Transport (HVT)) program by DFIDwas presented as a new interesting 5 year initiative to bring state of the art research into action. UITP shared their latest initiatives to strengthen advocacy and leadership in Africa. The need for better access to the different opportunities and stronger collaboration was raised by the participants.
  • The presentation and discussion on National Urban Mobility Plans and Investment Programshighlighted the importance of action by national governments to enable transformation at the local level. With the highest rates of urbanization in the world it is inevitable to improve particularly in Africa the local infrastructure and operation of sustainable mobility solutions; measures shall aim at further strengthening the economies and providing safe access to all inhabitants. The need for clear institutional arrangements defined in regulatory frameworks, the empowerment of the municipalities and the need to provide resources for urban infrastructure,operation and personal capacity were key elements identified. A reform of the national road funds to support urban mobility was one of the ideas put forward. Some participants welcomed a stronger AU engagement in urban mobility and suggested further guidance on a continental level.
  • The final session hosted by ISOCARP highlighted the importance of linking transport and urban development. The concept of Transit Oriented Development (TOD)need to be adjusted to the need and design of African cities. It was stressed that redesign of the existing structuresas well as the new constructions are equally important and that a better, and safer infrastructure in particular for walking, cycling and public transport is a must. This was also emphasized in a closing presentation by Nigerian author Emmanuel John, who closed the session with the key message that cities should be built for people and not for cars.

European Development Days: Women and girls at the forefront of sustainable development

5- 6 June 2018, Brussels (Belgium)

The 2018 edition of the EDDs (the EU Commission Flagship event on Sustainable Development) was focused on Women and Development. At this occasion, the MobiliseYourCity team presented the Partnership, and in particular its activities undertaken to ensure equal access for all to public transport, which include specific actions oriented towards accessibility to mobility by women and girls.
MobiliseYourCity held a joint stand together with other development partners, which offered opportunity for valuable exchange about sustainable urban mobility & gender topics with several hundred participants during the two event days.

MobiliseYourCity Study Tour 2018: Learning about the successful transformation of Singapore towards sustainable urban mobility

7-9 May 2018, Singapore

The MobiliseYourCity Study Tour 2018, co-organised by the GIZ TRANSfer and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Low Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP) Transport Working Group, was held in Singapore on 7-9 May 2018 with 30 participants from 11 countries with a gender ratio of 50/50.

The group included government representatives from nine APEC economies: Bhutan, Chile, Indonesia, India, Mexico, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Viet Nam, as well as technical speakers from Germany, Mexico, and the United States.

The Study Tour showcased the successful transformation of Singapore towards sustainable urban mobility, discussing in particular the policy framework, planning approaches and financing. It also visited topics like state-of-the-art bus operations, mobility as a service concept or autonomous vehicle applications.

To maximize the experience and learning of the participants, the three days were packed with field trips to Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA); TUM-CREATE, the joint research platform of the University of Technology of Munich and the Nanyang Technological University; Tower Transit, a bus operator present in Singapore, the United Kingdom, and Australia; and Grab, the largest ride-hailing service in Southeast Asia. There were also presentations from Singapore’s Land Transport Authority and Green Freight Asia. The World Resources Institute (WRI) likewise introduced a tool for the evaluation of bus fleets, considering aspects such as route information, existing infrastructure, fuel, and operational costs. The Study Tour also provided a space for the participants to learn from each other via country presentations and workshop formats.

These activities provided diverse perspectives on sustainable urban mobility, giving participants a view on lessons learnt and future plans from the public, private, and academic sectors in Singapore. The the MobiliseYourCity Study Tour enabled a mutual learning experience for all participants visiting various levels of sustainable urban mobility approaches.. It also added another layer of technical support to partner under MobiliseYourCity and collaboration with partner organizations, such as WRI.