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Sustainable Mobility for All (#SuM4All)

Sustainable Mobility for All (#SuM4All)
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Sustainable Mobility for All (#SuM4All) is a global, multi-stakeholder partnership based at the World Bank HQ in Washington DC, United States.

In January 2017, representatives from over 50 organisations and agencies agreed to form a Consortium to advance action in the transport sector, with the goal to achieve a world in which mobility is sustainable.

The partnership includes multilateral development banks, United Nations agencies, bilateral donor organisations, non-governmental organisations, civil society and academic institutions.

To get the initiative off the ground, a Steering Committee, five open-working groups and a Secretariat were established.

The SuM4All Steering Committee (members of which sit for a two year term, which began on 1 July 2018) consists of 15 actors committed to sustainable mobility – the World Bank (Secretariat); United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA); International Transport Forum (ITF); Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) (Chair, MDB Working Group on Sustainable Transport); UK-based Department for Internal Development (DFID); BMZ and one representative from each of the five open-ended working groups. Funding for the partnership comes from those 15 entities represented on the Steering Committee, who contribute financially or in-kind to meet the cost of running SuM4All.

The open-working groups consist of five informal groups with open membership to all stakeholders that have a specific interest or have undertaken substantive work in the transport related SDG targets that will be addressed by that working group, i.e., Access (Rural); Access (Urban); Efficiency; Safety and Green. The SuM4All Secretariat is run by the World Bank and helps guide the Consortium and Steering Committee forward.

SuM4All’s collective actions support the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and specific SDG targets are attained in each one of its four main priorities:

  • Universal access: to ensure that everyone has access to good quality transport to reduce economic and social disparities.
  • Efficiency: to allow people and goods to move from A to B as quickly and seamlessly as possible.
  • Safety: to improve the safety of mobility across transport modes.
  • Green mobility: to lower the environmental footprint of the transport sector to combat climate change and pollution.

Adding coherence to international, national and local transport policy and investment is one of SuM4All’s main objectives, taking the view that an increase in predictable and consistent policy will be key to attracting investment and therefore will be instrumental in making real change happen.

SuM4All advocates for coherence between international, national and local transport policy and investment. It supports governments on their pathways towards sustainable mobility – levering the financing required to implement sustainable mobility policies and investment globally. In a nutshell, SuM4All wants mobility that is safe, efficient, green and inclusive.

IRU has been actively engaged with SuM4All since its inception in May 2016, and formally joined the SuM4All Consortium representing the private sector, contributing to its technical work notably by providing inputs to the Global Mobility Report in 2017 – the first ever report to examine the performance of the transport sector globally and its contribution to a sustainable future, which was launched at COP 23 in Bonn in November 2017.

IRU President, Christian Labrot, participated in a high-level SuM4All event on Sustainable Mobility in a Changing Climate alongside key senior officials from the World Bank, ITF, ICAO, IMO, UN Special Envoy for Road Safety and the Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management of Fiji.

In addition, working in direct collaboration with UNECE, IRU contributed to the SuM4All Review of International Agreements, Conventions and other instruments to achieve sustainable mobility, to highlight the contributions of UN harmonisation conventions to sustainable transport and mobility.

As a member of the SuM4All Efficiency Group, IRU continues to add value to SuM4All’s intellectual leadership in sustainable transport notably by providing the private sector perspective on measures, actions and best practices to promote access, efficiency, safety and green mobility.

IRU plans to deepen its engagement with SuM4All by continuing to ensure that the voice of the road transport industry is heard and that the industry continues to add value to the work of SuM4All in support of the SDGs.

IRU will continue to lend its expertise to debates and discussions on a host of issues including inter alia, decarbonisation, road safety, digitalisation and multimodal cooperation.

As UNECE’s implementing partner of the TIR Convention, IRU will also continue to showcase this unique and long-standing public private partnership (PPP) as a model and example of the benefits to society of meaningful, results-driven PPPs that support the achievement of global goals.

With its eye on the future, SuM4All continues to re-shape the global mobility agenda through advocacy of safe, efficient, green and inclusive transport.


Picture: Nancy Vandycke, Lead Economist and Economic Advisor at the World Bank and Program Manager for SuM4All.

With the contribution of Marie-Hélène Vanderpool and Janet Waring.


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