Next Steps after Copenhagen: Opportunities and Challenges in the Transport Sector
2010 will be an important year for the transport sector in developing countries. The climate summit in Copenhagen in December 2009 set the stage for the next phase of the Kyoto Protocol and a new international agreement on how to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, precursors of climate change. Further discussions are likely to follow in 2010. It is important to develop more clarity on how the transport sector in developing countries will engage in, and can benefit from, changes in the international climate regime.
The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) 18th Session, in May 2010, will discuss sustainability in the transport sector (http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/index.shtml). CSD will meet again in May 2011 to formulate policy guidelines which can help guide the transport sector on a more sustainable growth trajectory. Climate change has gained prominence as a policy driver and it is therefore crucial to assess its significance for the transport sector in developing countries.
In September 2009, the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) was established to improve knowledge on sustainable, low carbon transport, help develop better policies, and catalyze their implementation. The SLoCaT Partnership is in the process of developing its medium term work program and the Day Two event will be an important opportunity to assess the outcomes of COP 15 in Copenhagen and discuss the potential impact for the medium term work program of the partnership and its members.
The event aims to provide a forum for the transport, climate, and development communities to discuss the outcomes from the 2010 climate summit in Copenhagen and significance for national and local policy making in the transport sector; the connection between climate change and other drivers of transport interventions in developing countries; and how the transport community can best engage in solving the challenges caused by climate change. The event will develop key messages to inform the action of the transport, climate, and development communities in the follow-up of the 2010 climate summit in Copenhagen, to inform the integration of transport and climate change considerations in the Commission on Sustainable Development process, and to inform the work plan of the SLoCat Partnership.
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