Transport policy reforms help achieve many Sustainable Development Goals, including poverty reduction; access to healthcare, education, employment, and clean water; gender equality; better settlements; energy conservation; and emission reductions.

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September 8, 2018, 11:00 AM PDT

By Todd Litman


The High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development is the United Nation (UN)’s central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The HLPF in 2018, held from 9 to 18 July 2018, focuses on the theme, “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies.” SDGs under review at the HLPF 2018 include SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), SDG 15 (Life on Land) and SDG 17 (Partnership for the Goals).

A key reporting mechanism within the HLPF is the Voluntary National Review (VNR) process which aims to facilitate the sharing of experiences among countries, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Although sustainable transport is not represented by a standalone SDG in the 2030 Agenda, it is mainstreamed in a direct or indirect manner into several SDGs, especially those related to poverty alleviation; food security; access to health services, clean water, education, and employment; gender equality; energy; infrastructure; cities and human settlements; energy and food consumption, and climate change.

Since the first HLPF in 2016, the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) has been conducting analyses on the VNRs submitted each year. SLoCaT continued to track the references to transport in the 47 VNRs submitted to HLPF in 2018.

Final report on the 47 VNRs is now available and can be downloaded here.

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