The Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), launched officially in September 2009, Bangkok, Thailand aims to actively contribute options and advice on the development of sustainable transport systems worldwide. The Partnership currently has over 50 members, including the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. The gTKP is also part of the global effort since September 2009.
The activities of the Partnership are dedicated in improving the knowledge on sustainable low carbon transport, in helping to develop better policies and in catalyzing their implementation. Attention will also be given on awareness and capacity building as well as institutional strengthening, keeping in mind that developing countries will only be able to make significant progress towards sustainable, low carbon transport if they themselves assume a lead role in the design and implementation of new transport policies. International organisations must also put in place appropriate instruments to complement and foster these efforts at regional, national and local levels.
Focusing initially on Asia and Latin America, the work of the Partnership targets four specific objectives:
- The integration of sustainable, low carbon transport in climate negotiations, as well as national and local climate policies and programmes;
- The integration of climate considerations in regional, national and local transport policies;
- To mainstream Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport in the strategies and operations of international development organisations;
- To contribute to sustainable development and the Millennium Development Goals, especially by providing access to goods and services for lower income groups.
The Partnership is guided by the three principles included in the Bellagio Declaration on Transportation and Climate Change (Bellagio Declaration on Transportation and Climate Change) and associated initiatives:
- Principle 1: Effective climate action is incomplete without addressing the overall system performance of the transport sector.
- Principle 2: Climate action in the transport sector should recognise co-benefits
- Principle 3: Carbon finance mechanisms and associated procedures should catalyse sustainable transport policies, programmes and projects.