Douala has completed a major step in the elaboration of its Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP)

9-13 July, Douala (Cameroon)

The Urban Community of Douala organised a one-week workshop from 9 to 13 of July in order to validate the « Diagnostic » phase of their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP). This workshop brought together the municipality’s team in charge for the SUMP, representatives from ministries, the experts commissioned in the support-framework of MobiliseYourCity (funded by EU-Intra-ACP, implemented via AFD), an expert from Bordeaux Métropole in the context of the city-to-city cooperation, representatives of AFD and the MobiliseYourCity Secretariat, as well as other stakeholders. Consultants worked hand-in-hand with the Municipality to present, share and discuss their conclusions regarding the current status quo on urban mobility in Douala in order to establish a robust and common understanding upon which the next project stage – development scenario building – shall be set up. The project targets at finalizing Douala’s SUMP in 2019 as base for susbsequent implementation of measures. 

Welcome to our new Chairwoman, Paulina Potemski (MTES)

13 June, Brussels (Belgium)

On June 13th, the MobiliseYourCity Steering Committee took the opportunity to thank Eric Beaume (DEVCO) for his ambitious and successful engagement as its Chairman since its first meeting in the year 2016.

The Steering Committee welcomed Paulina Potemski as his successor. Representing the French Ministry for an Ecological and Solidarity-based Transition (MTES) in the Partnership. Paulina is the Coordinator for Global Climate Action in the French Climate Negotiation Team and the Deputy Head of the Climate and Energy Unit in the ministry. Paulina is in charge of linking MTES’ areas of responsability  (i.e. transport, construction, water, oceans, energy, and local authorities) to the Climate Action Agenda in the framework of the Paris Agreement on Climate, and to the UNFCCC. Prior to that, she worked for the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (IFSTTAR) in Paris; among other functions, Paulina was in charge of European networks coordination for IFSTTAR and maintaining interfaces vis-à-vis European institutions.

Paulina’s ambition as Chairperson of the MobiliseYourCity Partnership is -among others- to maintain and advance the partnership spirit in order to further upscale its impacts on protecting the global climate, and to ensure robustness of results with respect to the several individual affiliated support-projects carried out by the team of Partners.

MobiliseYourCity 4th Steering Committee

June 13, Brussels (Belgium)

The 4th Steering Committee of the Partnership took place at the MobiliseYourCity Secretariat in Brussels on 13 June, 2018. Representatives of Contributing Partners gathered and exchanged on activities and further strategic directions of the Partnership.

The 4th Steering Committee acknowledged the successful development of the Partnership over the last months. Results of implementation of activies both in-country and globally are of quality; stakeholder awareness in relation to the objectives of the Partnership (sector transformation, investment preparation and GHG emission reduction) is continuously increasing; and geographical coverage is growing.

MobiliseYourCity is delighted to welcome as new Contributing Partners the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), the Wuppertal Institute as well as – tentatively, subject to submission of remaining documents – the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Furthermore MobiliseYourCity welcomes the following cities as new Beneficiary Partners: Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Bouake and Greater Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Dire Dawa and Hawassa (Ethiopia), and Maputo (Mozambique).

As German Development Bank, KfW has a long-standing track record in financing transformation in the transport sector. The bank puts urban mobility as a key component of its action to help partner countries to accomplish NDCs and sustainable development goals. KfW is already involved in the funding of various large scale urban mobility projects in emerging and developing countries, such as a light rail in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), a metro in Nagpur (India), and an Intelligent Transport System in Huainan (China). As new Contributing Partner, KfW seeks to join forces together with AFD and the EU reinforcing existing collaboration and engaging into new potential projects within the Partnership.

The Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, based in Wuppertal (Germany), is involved in numerous partnerships with cities, research and implementation organisations around the globe. The Institute aims at supporting joint work with other MobiliseYourCity Partners and contributing with knowledge and networks from its involvement in many projects on SUMPs and the promotion of sustainable urban mobility.

The EBRD, based in London, is a multilateral development bank. In the field of urban mobility, EBRD is particularly active in the EU neighbourhood (Eastern Europe) and Northern Africa. As EBRD shares a similar development cooperation approach as the MobiliseYourCity Partnership, the bank seeks to engage as Partner.

MobiliseYourCity is looking forward to working with its new partners.

The 5th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP), Nicosia (Cyprus)

The 5th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) took place on 14-15 May in Nicosia, Cyprus.

This annual event for all those involved in putting the SUMP concept into practice serves as a forum for policy makers, practitioners and experts across Europe to network and debate key issues on sustainable urban mobility planning. In line with the European Commission having dedicated the year 2018 to the promotion of multimodality, the theme of the 5th edition was “Planning for multimodal cities”.

Discussions revolved around (i) the overarching policy framework for SUMPs, (ii) the revision of the European Commission’s SUMP guidelines, (iii) the implementation and roll-out of SUMPs and (iv) the local and regional context conditions.

A session co-organized by MobiliseYouCity was dedicated to Eastern Europe. Representatives from Tirana, Sarajevo, Hradrec Kralove, Budapest, Pristina, Palanga, Skopje, Podgrica, Belgrade and Lviv presented the reasons leading their city to engage in the topic of SUMPs, the key measures envisioned and the main challenges for implementation of SUMPs.

Another session was animated by the GoSUMP project to present the projects of the « Med Urban Transports” Community and to transfer their innovative planning approaches from Mediterranean area.


Session co-organized by MobiliseYouCity dedicated to SUMP in Eastern Europe

Session animated by the GoSUMP project to present the projects of the « Med Urban Transports” Community












In the exhibition area, the stands of the GoSUMP and MobiliseYouCity projects also allowed for many exchanges with the participants of the conference.










Learn more :

– Access to all presentations on the conference website

Twitter Hashtag #SUMP2018

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) :

Third MobiliseYourCity Steering Committee in Paris

On November 27th the 3rd MobiliseYourCity Steering Committee took place at Ministère de la Transition Ecologique et Solidaire in Paris/France. Meanwhile the Partnership comprises of 9 national governments and 33 local governments as being beneficiary partners, as well as 9 contributing partners and 5 knowledge & network partners. The Steering Committee acknowledged the extraordinary vibrant development of MobiliseYourCity as a global flagship cooperation instrument to strengthen sustainable urban mobility transformation in emerging and developing countries, to effectively initiate greenhouse-gas reduction at the local level, to prepare related sector investments, and to share long and lasting best practices and approaches of the European Union member states.

Webinar series on Methodologies for Baselines and Monitoring in the Transport Sector


We are pleased to invite you to participate in episode 2 of the joint webinar series of the UNFCCC Secretariat and GIZ on Methodologies for GHG Baselines and Monitoring in the Transport Sector.

The series comprises eight webinars and is based on the chapters of the UNFCCC Secretariat’s Passenger and Freight Transport Volume of the Compendium on GHG Baselines and Monitoring.

Join us for episode 2 of the series on 13 December 2017 at 3pm (UTC+1) German on how to MRV complex urban transport programmes or plans. Urda Eichhorst (GIZ) and Charles Kooshian, from the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) will introduce the core indicators for setting GHG baselines and monitoring emission reductions from the introduction of complex sustainable urban transport programmes or plans.

Urda Eichhorst will highlight the urban transport GHG inventory-based approach used for instance in the MobiliseYourCity Partnership for capturing the effects of Sustainable Urban Mobilitiy Plans (SUMPs). Charles Kooshian will present how a control-group approach will be used to account for the effects of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) in Colombia. In addition, a representative from CIUDAT, a center for sustainable urban development, housed within the national development bank, FINDETER, in Colombia will share their experience with preparing to apply the control-group approach for their transit-oriented development NAMA, supported by the NAMA Facility.

In the last 30 minutes of the webinar, there will be time for questions and answers. Please register here.

The webinar addresses primarily government agencies, consultants, think tanks and international cooperation organisations that want to calculate emissions reductions from complex urban transport programmes or plans.


Webinar times – 13 December 2017

09:00 – 10:30 Washington DC (UTC-5)

09:00 – 10:30 Bogotá (UTC-5)

15:00 – 16:30 Berlin (UTC+1)

17:00 – 18:30 Addis Abbaba, Nairobi (UTC+3)

21:00 – 22:30 Bangkok, Hanoi (UTC+7)


We’re looking forward to meeting you online!


The full series will cover the methodologies for all mitigation action types covered by the Passenger and Freight Transport Volume:


  1. National Fuel Economy Standards (5 October 2017 – with the ICCT)
  2. Comprehensive Urban Transport Programmes (13 December 2017 – with CCAP)
  3. Pricing Policies (1st quarter of 2018 – with INFRAS and ICAT)
  4. Alternative Fuels Incentives, Regulation and Production
  5. Mass Transit Investments
  6. Vehicle Efficiency Improvement Programmes
  7. Inter-Urban Rail Infrastructure
  8. Shift Mode of Freight Transport from Road to Rail or Water


Further information on the Passenger and Freight Transport Volume

On 09 May 2017, during the UNFCCC´s 46th session of the Subsidiary Bodies in Bonn, the publication of the Passenger and Freight Transport Volume of the UNFCCC’s Compendium on GHG Baselines and Monitoring was officially launched. The Transport Volume is a multi-stakeholder effort to provide a resource map of methodologies and tools for establishing baselines and monitoring emissions reductions from mitigation actions. It covers more than 30 methodologies and tools, which are structured into eight different mitigation action types.

The transport volume was coordinated by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in cooperation with the UNFCCC Secretariat and the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SloCaT) and funded through the International Climate Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety BMUB. It was written with the assistance of the Center for Clean Air Policy with contributions from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) and INFRAS.

MobiliseYourCity @ Climate Chance Summit in Agadir, Morocco

The Climate Chance World Summit, the annual gathering of climate actors, will take place from the 11th to the 13th September 2017 in Agadir, Morocco. In partnership with the Souss-Massa Region, this summit will be the biggest event for non-state actors, like local authorities, companies, NGOS, etc. before COP23.. During the summit the MobiliseYourCity Partnership is organizing and participating in different events and we are looking forward to you to join us at these events or meet us at the PPMC stand.

For more information about the MobiliseYourCity events have a look at this overview in English and in French and for more Information on the Climate Chance 2017 Summit check out their website.

European Union grants 3.5 Million Euros under the MYC Inititative

The French Development Agency (AFD) and India’s Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) signed a Grant Facility Agreement of 3.5 million euros, to be financed by the European Union under its Asia Investment Facility (AIF) for implementing the ‘MobiliseYourCity’ initiative in three Indian cities, Nagpur, Kochi and Ahmedabad. The contribution received broad news coverage especially in India, for more inforamtion see inter allia Indian Express, Hindustan Times, The Statesman and Times of India.

Second Steering Committee Meeting: MobiliseYourCity welcomes new Country and City as well as Knowledge and Network Partner into the Initiative.

The second MobiliseYourCity Steering Committee (SC) Meeting, chaired by the European Commission (DG DEVCO) took place on Thursday, May 11th in the MobiliseYourCity Secretariat in Brussels. The SC provides the forum for an exchange on MobiliseYourCity related activities and on further strategic directions for development and implementation of the initiative

The meeting was attended by representatives from the European Commission, the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM) and the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (MEEM), the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) as well as MobiliseYourCity´s founding partners, the Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie (ADEME), Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Centre d’études et d’expertise sur les risques, l’environnement, la mobilité et l’aménagement (CEREMA), Cooperation for urban mobility in the developing world (CODATU) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ).

Karima Delli, Member of the European Parliament and Chairwoman of its Committee on Transport and Tourism, provided insights from the committee work and elaborated on challenges related to urban mobility in emerging and developing economies.


MobiliseYourCity is delighted to welcome the following national governments as new partner countries:

  • The Dominican Republic
  • Ethiopia
  • Philippines
  • Sri Lanka
  • India
  • Togo
  • Tunisia

In addition, MobiliseYourCity is delighted to welcome the following local governments as new partner cities:

  • Curitiba, Brazil
  • Recife, Brazil
  • Gran Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Nagpur, India
  • Antananarivo, Madagascar
  • Mahajanga, Madagascar
  • Dakar, Senegal
  • Sfax, Tunisia
  • Czernowitz, Ukraine
  • Poltava, Ukraine
  • Vinnitsa, Ukraine
  • Zhytomyr, Ukraine

Moreover, the following Knowledge and Network Partners were welcomed into the initiative:

  • UCLG
  • UN Habitat

MobiliseYourCity is looking forward to working with its new partners. If you are interested in joining the initiative as a partner as well as a contributor, you can find more information on our website.