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Cities and climate

Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI)

Tram in Rabat, Morocco

The rapid growth of cities and the increase in traffic that accompanies such growth are contributing to climate change. The transport sector is responsible for 28 per cent of global end-use energy consumption, and at the same time, it is the sector with the fastest growing emissions. Without a global transformation of the transport sector, the goals of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda cannot be reached.

Together with eight partner institutions, BMZ presented the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) at the Habitat III Conference. At the centre of the mobility initiative is a climate-friendly, safe and affordable urban mobility infrastructure, which protects the climate and simultaneously provides the poorest sections of the urban population with a means of accessing work, health care and education. Better transport systems for the poor are crucial, as they often live in slums on the edge of the city, while hospitals, schools, and well-paid jobs are predominantly located in the parts of the city that are better developed. Public transport systems, or at least routes that are safe for walking and cycling, are the only means for people living in poorer settlements to access these vital urban services.

Since 2017, TUMI supports the construction and expansion of sustainable mobility systems in developing and newly-industrialised countries. The initiative, for instance, focuses on bus routes, train and subway networks, as well as foot- and bike-paths. In addition, over 1,000 experts and managers from ministries, city administrations and universities are receiving education and training in order to implement practical plans for sustainable mobility in a qualified way. Moreover, TUMI will carry out a global competition to support innovative pilot projects in small and medium-sized enterprises.

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