Global ‘Roadmap of Action’ launched to shape future of mobility
The Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4All) initiative launched the Global Roadmap of Action toward Sustainable Mobility (GRA), a guide to support country decision-makers to achieve efficient, accessible, safe and green mobility for the future.
The GRA follows the 2017 launch of Global Mobility Report, the first-ever global assessment of the transport sector across all modes. Sum4All is led by a Steering Committee of 15 leading actors committed to position sustainable mobility as a top priority in the global development agenda, Sheila Watson, Deputy Director of the FIA Foundation, sits on the steering group and is Co-Chair of the group examining issues of gender.
The need for the GRA was identified as with growing urbanization, increasing world trade and new technologies, the global mobility system is increasingly stressed. More than 1 billion people - one-third of the global rural population - lack access to all-weather roads and transport services, a major barrier to social and economic advancement.
The GRA aims to address these challenges by taking a holistic approach of sustainability and offering concrete policy solutions countries can adapt and adopt to achieve sustainable mobility. As a tool, the GRA helps countries identify gaps, crucial steps, and appropriate policies to ensure that transport contributes to attain the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and improve the sustainability of their transport system.
According to the GRA, one billion more people would be connected to education, health and jobs the transport access gap in rural areas was closed while improvements in border administration, transport and communication infrastructure could increase global GDP by up to US$2.6 trillion and an additional 1.6 billion people would breathe cleaner air if transport pollution was halved.
If the transport sector achieved gender parity in employment would result in more than an additional 20 million women working in the sector along. Addressing gender is an integral element to reinforce equality, equity, and social inclusion in all aspects of sustainable mobility, the report concluded.
“Without sustainable mobility, it is impossible to realistically aspire to safer, cleaner and more equitable societies across the world now, and for our future generations,” said Sheila Watson, Deputy Director of the FIA Foundation and Co-Chair of the gender chapter of the GRA. “The Global Roadmap of Action toward Sustainable Mobility offers an opportunity to benchmark individual countries’ progress towards mobility and set out the actions need to develop more efficient policies and targeted action.
“Gender plays an important, and often under-represented, role in the future of sustainable transport for everyone. Unless women are represented and their transport needs are met, the work towards sustainable transport will be fundamentally undermined. The FIA Foundation is proud to support the launch of this important and comprehensive report and the work of SUM4ALL going forward.”
“The current mobility system takes a heavy toll on our planet and leaves many people behind. In most cases, it is also expensive, inefficient, and unsafe. The GRA is the first comprehensive effort to look across the four policy goals of accessibility, efficiency, safety, and green mobility for all modes of transport with a focus on action. It serves as an important tool for policymakers to act now and turn the vision of sustainable transport into a reality,” said Nancy Vandycke, Program Manager of SuM4All and World Bank Lead Economist.
The GRA report is the outcome of more than 18 months of work by 55 influential organizations, 180 experts, and consultations with 50 public decision-makers and 25 private corporations. SuM4All is an umbrella platform supported by 55 public and private organizations with a shared ambition to transform the future of mobility.