Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Global Mobility Report launched

The transport sector is not on track towards achieving sustainable mobility, according to the new Global Mobility Report. The Global Mobility Report is the first-ever assessment of the global performance of the transport sector across all transport modes. It tracks progress towards sustainable mobility around the world in four areas:

  • Universal Access: About 450 million people in Africa – or more than 70% of its total rural population – are estimated to have been left unconnected to transport.
  • Efficiency: Transporting a container of avocados from Kenya to the Netherlands requires 200 interactions and more than 20 documents, at a cost equal to that of shipping. Efficient supply chains can increase farmer income 10-100%.
  • Safety: Almost 1.3m people die on the world’s roads every year and tens of millions are seriously injured. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death among young people aged 15-29.
  • Green mobility: Transport emits 23% of all energy-related greenhouse gases; its CO2 emissions could grow by 40% by 2040.

The report’s tracking framework builds on indicators developed for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The baseline established with this first edition will be updated every two years, enabling governments to measure progress in how they provide accessible, efficient, safe and clean transport.

The Global Mobility Report was produced by the Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4All) initiative, a global partnership acting collectively to transform transport and meet the mobility expectations of tomorrow in a sustainable way. SuM4All includes more than 50 multilateral development banks, bilateral donor agencies, United Nations agencies, programmes and regional commissions; intergovernmental organisations, global civil society organisations, private sector organisations and academic institutions, among them The World Bank, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the UK Department for International Development (DFID)  and the International Transport Forum.

“The Global Mobility Report is the product of a true collective effort,” said Jari Kauppila, Head of Statistics and Modelling at the ITF. “The breadth of knowledge assembled under the umbrella of the Sustainable Mobility for All initiative is what makes this comprehensive assessment of the transport sector possible and also unique.”

Download the report from the Sum4All website

Go to ITF work on sustainable mobility

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