Thematic Cities Cluster

Sustainable Transport & Air Quality

The Cities Cluster on Sustainable Transport and Air Quality offers a space for knowledge sharing and collaboration between cities partners of the Global South on how to implement sustainable transport, reduce CO2 emissions and urban air pollution.  

Realizing the vision of sustainable transport, which has a key part to play in improving inclusive growth and access to essential services and addressing climate change, remains imperative in developing countries. On the one hand, inadequate accessibility and poor transport connectivity have created barriers to trade and global integration and undermined developing countries’ prospects for sustainable growth. On the other hand, existing transport systems in many developing countries are not green, efficient, or safe enough yet. Particularly, nearly a quarter of global energy-related CO2 emission is believed have generated by transport activities (UNEP, 2021a); cities are responsible for 75 percent of global CO2 emissions (UNEP, 2021b). It is imperative to shift to more environmentally friendly modes of transport, such as electromobility, which is seen as a priority to reduce urban air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2021, the Cities Project will identify and disseminate SSC good practices and facilitate partnership building and knowledge exchanges in achieving sustainable transport and improving air quality, in partnership with specialized UN agencies and organizations.  

The Cities Project welcomes city partners interested in participating in this Cities Cluster on Sustainable Transport and Air Quality and hopes the knowledge exchanged here leads to more South-South cooperation and a swift post-pandemic social and economic recovery 

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Xiamen, with the ancient name of Jiahe Island and Lu Island, is a sub-provincial city in Fujian Province, a special economic zone, and an important central city, port and scenic tourist city on the southeast coast of China. Xiamen is located at the southeastern tip of Fujian Province, bordered by Zhangzhou to the west, Quanzhou to the north, and Kinmen and Dattan Islands to the southeast.

Xiamen, China



The Metropolitan Regional Government of Santiago is an autonomous body that as of July 14 2021 will be led by a Governor or Regional Governor, who will be in charge of the superior administration of the region. The Regional Government cares about the harmonious and equitable development of the territory. The main focus of its work in on the planning and preparation of projects to promote the economic, social and cultural development of the Metropolitan Region, taking into account the preservation and improvement of the environment and the participation of the community.
“Santiago Humano y Resiliente” is the Resilient Strategy of the Metropolitan Regional Government, it was born from the selection of Santiago in 2014 within the framework of the program ``100 Resilient Cities (100RC)``, originally promoted by the Rockefeller Foundation and today led by the Global Resilient Cities Network (GRCN).
The Resilient Strategy proposes a collaborative perspective by articulating the public sector, private sector, academia, social organizations and unions to make Santiago a more just, humane and inclusive city, giving all its inhabitants the opportunity to live and enjoy the benefits of a region where people are at the center of development. It seeks to improve the capacity of the city to face the tensions and impacts that threaten it and implement actions that allow progress towards a more humane and resilient Santiago.

Santiago, Chile

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