Sustainable Mobility Requires a New Policy Approach Today


The world economy is changing rapidly; with an abundance of new opportunities, come new risks and vulnerabilities. As countries around the world undergo a fundamental reconfiguration to adapt, making the right policy decisions has become more challenging than ever.  Transportation and mobility are key components of the well-being of our daily lives and livelihoods and therefore, rethinking and adapting transport policy must be prioritized. They also have a significant impact on the overall sustainability balance of the Planet.

The Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4All) partnership—a coalition of more than 50 influential international organizations hosted by the World Bank—has stepped up to meet this challenge and has developed a new approach to designing and planning transport policy, and a set of tools that are adapted to this fast-changing environment.

As part of this effort, SuM4All collaboratively defined the ambition for transport around four reinforcing goals: universal access, efficiency, safety, and green mobility. Aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement, these four goals provide the foundation for building a better future for our planet.

SuM4All will host a four-module virtual knowledge exchange geared towards transport decision-makers and stakeholders. More about the four modules:

  • Module 1: Imperative for a New Approach to Transport Policy:  This module will cover the key dynamics that are shaping the future of mobility and necessitating a new policy approach, including globalization, the SDGs and Paris Climate Agreement, data and technology, and new societal trends on governance, equity, and inclusion;      
  • Module 2: Defining a Path Forward using Data: This module will cover how data can be used for improved decision making in transport. The module will cover the power of data to track and monitor country performance on sustainable mobility, diagnose and prioritize transport issues, and rank countries on a global mobility scale;
  • Module 3: Crowd-Sourced Policy & Actions through Strategic Iterations: This module will cover the policy levers and measures that can be used to make progress towards sustainable mobility. The module will cover the first-ever global catalogue of policy instruments to respond to country mobility challenges. It will also introduce the thinking behind the selection algorithm applied to the catalogue to generate country-tailored action plans.; and
  • Session 4: Adapting to Country Needs & Reaching Targets: This module will cover the experience of designing, testing, and implementing this new approach. It will offer the lessons learned and inspire ideas for future engagement at the regional, country, and municipal levels. The module will introduce the experience of multilateral development banks, countries, and municipalities that have adjusted their approach to transport policy to respond to a fast-changing environment.

Course Details

Structure: Live training sessions, self-paced readings, Self-paced videos, E-discussions, and quizzes

Live Session Dates: September 14, 21, 28, and October 5, 2021

Time: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time Zone

Target Audience

This course is designed for participants who are interested in a new approach to decision-making in transport that is aligned with the SDGs and Paris Climate ambition. It does not require transportation sector expertise.

  • Transport policymakers, regional and country-specific transport specialists, and all stakeholders with a vested interest in a more holistic and collaborative approach to transport policy.
  • Officials within ministries and banks responsible for transport, gender, governance, finance, and urban and rural development.
  • Industry stakeholders, including private sector partners and staff from multilateral development banks who wish to gain additional tools and understand opportunities for making policy and investment decisions that will advance collective aims and progress toward SDGs.

Requirements to Earn a Certificate

  • Attend at least three out of the four live sessions;
  • Get 80% on all 4 quizzes;
  • Participate in the discussion forum and;
  • Complete the course evaluation.

How to participate:

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