The annual Cities Conference seeks be a strategic platform for dialogue which supports the implementation and monitoring of the New Urban Agenda, and the urban dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Objectives (SDGs), particularly SDG 11, in Latin America and the Caribbean, while also contributing to fulfilment the Paris Agreement, and the Sendai Framework, among others global agendas.
This year’s conference seeks to address the need to better integrate urban planning, management and financing with mobility and transport systems in Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve sustainable urban development. As a clear objective, it aims to enhance the understanding and importance of safe, affordable and sustainable urban mobility and transport as part of the Regional Action Plan for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean (RAP), the New Urban Agenda, the SDGs, and the Paris Agreement, among others.
Throughout the diverse sessions and activities, the conference seeks to facilitate the exchange of good practices and policy recommendations to strengthen the institutional framework for sustainable urban mobility and explore the roles and responsibilities of different actors who can facilitate a sustainable transport agenda at both the national and subnational levels (development banks, the private sector, cooperation agencies, etc.). The sessions will focus on critical topics such as: national urban mobility policies (NUMPs); sustainable urban mobility plans (SUMPs); equality and gender issues with special attention to women in mobility; health and active mobility; improving access to international and local financing; public-private partnerships; smart urban mobility; and monitoring urban mobility, among others. Additional to these strategic and thematic discussions, the Community of Regional Practice for Sustainable, Low Carbon Urban Mobility will be launched at the conference.
The Cities Conference II is organised by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Assembly of Ministers and High Authorities on Housing and Urban Development of Latin America and the Caribbean (MINURVI) in conjunction with the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), and Despacio, with the support and collaboration of EUROCLIMA+, the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), the French Regional Cooperation for South America of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, GIZ-BMZ in the framework of the “Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative”, the Women in Movement Initiative (IMEM), the Latin American Federation of Cities, Municipalities and Associations of Local Governments (FLACMA), and the SALURBAL, “Salud Urbana en America Latina” (Urban Health in Latin America) project.