The world is becoming a more urban place as over half the population moves to cities. Private cars are clogging streets, straining economic growth and compromising our health.

According to the International Energy Agency, greenhouse gas emissions from transportation are expected to increase by 120% from 2000 to 2050, largely as a result of a projected three-fold increase in the number of cars worldwide. While climate change is a global issue, urban development and transport are guided locally. Too often, traditional urban and transport planning decisions cater to the car-driving minority.  These dangerous decisions are cumulatively pushing the planet to the edge, while sacrificing local equity and livability.

ITDP has long advocated at the international level to strengthen political will to address climate change and to increase development finance for sustainable transport. In decades of work at the international policy level, ITDP has leveraged hundreds of billions of dollars away from building more roads and towards transport, cycling, and walking infrastructure in the global south  ITDP’s work focuses on implementation of the Paris Agreement in 2020, the continued development of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and its system of indicators, and preparations for marking the 10-year anniversary of the $175 billion commitment to sustainable transport from the multilateral development banks (MDBs) at the Rio+20 Conference in 2012.


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